KHARTOUM - Rebels in Sudan's Darfur region launched an attack on government troops on Saturday, with both sides claiming to have inflicted heavy casualties.
The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), part of a rebel alliance that wants to topple the government in Khartoum, said it attacked an army camp in Wad Ganja in northeastern Darfur, killing several soldiers, destroying 15 army vehicles and taking several prisoners.
Army spokesman al-Sawarmi Khalid confirmed the attack but said the rebels had been defeated.
"They suffered heavy losses. Twenty-five fighters of the Justice and Equality Movement were killed, 10 of their trucks were destroyed," he said, adding that JEM had earlier attacked a market in the area and stolen goods.