Darfur; 20 Killed In Fresh Fighting
Fresh clashes have been erupted between the
Sudanese army (SAF) and the rebels of the Sudan
Liberation Movement (SLM) headed by Abdul Whaid
Alnour in the troubled Darfur troubled region.
The fighting occurred in Malit city near the border
between Sudan and Chad has claimed the lives of
more than 20 persons from both sides, although
accounts remained unclear of the death toll.
The spokesperson of the SLM rebel's Abdel Wahid
faction. Mr Nimir Abdul Rahman, said that his
movement captured the city last Saturday, killing 16
soldiers from SAF and lost two of its soldiers.
He however in a press released on Sunday said that
his forces were withdrawing from the area after an
intensive governmental air strike on the civilians.
"We captured the area without strong resistance, but
we tactically withdrew to secure civilian lives," Mr
Abul Rahman said.
"We will continue our struggle until we will bring
down Bashir’s regime," he added.
Meanwhile the spokesman of SAF Col Alswarmi
Khalid Saad admitted that they had battled with the
SLM rebels near Malit.
He however dismissed the claim that 16 SAF soldiers
had been killed in the clashes, saying the army has
instead defeated the rebels and killed five of them.
"The Armed Forces has killed five outlaws and
injured others of a group of outlaws belonging to
Abdul-Wahid movement that targeted an Armed
Forces' patrol two kilometers outside Malit town,
North Darfur State," the SAF spokesperson told state
media on Sunday.
"We also restored one of our two vehicles which were
looted by the outlaws group and our forces are now
pursuing the other outlaws who fled after their
defeat," he added.
The Sudan army and the alliance of rebel groups of
Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) are fighting in
wide areas of the Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue