KHARTOUM - Rebels in Sudan's western Darfur region have launched an attack on government forces, killing several people, state news agency SUNA said.

Darfur has been plagued by violence since mainly non-Arab tribes took up arms in 2003, complaining the central government in Khartoum had neglected the remote western territory.

While violence is down from its peak in 2003 and 2004, law and order have collapsed in parts of the vast territory and banditry, tribal fighting and clashes between rebels and government forces have continued.

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