South Sudan accuses Sudan of bombing its territory

July 21, 2012 14:19

KHARTOUM/JUBA - South Sudan on Saturday accused Sudan of launching an aerial bombardment on its side of their disputed border, but the Sudanese army denied the charge.

The two countries came close to all-out war in April following border clashes, the worst violence since South Sudan seceded and declared its independence from Khartoum a year ago under a 2005 peace agreement that ended decades of civil war.

South Sudanese military spokesman Philip Aguer said Sudanese war planes had bombed the area of Rumaker in the Northern Bahr al Ghazal border state on Friday morning.

"Two people were slightly injured," he said. "The bombing happened at 3:25 a.m. when people were still sleeping."

Sudan's army spokesman al-Sawarmi Khalid denied that its air force had carried out any such attack.

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