Former Darfur rebels say Sudan attacked them

December 6, 2012 16:36


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KHARTOUM - Former Darfur rebels who signed a peace deal with Sudan's government accused Khartoum on Thursday of attacking their forces and spreading false reports about the assault.

The accusations are another blow to the Qatar-brokered treaty, which the area's most powerful rebel groups refused to sign and critics say has done little to bring peace to the war-battered region.

State media on Wednesday said the army had killed three insurgents from the rebel Sudanese Revolutionary Front alliance who were trying to shell El Fasher, capital of North Darfur.

But the head of the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) - an umbrella group of smaller rebel factions that signed the peace deal - refuted that claim, saying the troops were actually LJM forces and the military knew they were in the area.

"Yesterday LJM forces were attacked by the armed forces near El Fasher," Tijani Sese said in a statement, adding two LJM troops were killed.

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