Rebels launch assault on town in Sudan's main oil state

March 30, 2012 14:15

KHARTOUM - Rebels in Sudan's oil-producing southern border state of South Kordofan have launched an assault on a town near the border with newly independent South Sudan, army and rebel spokesmen said on Friday.

The poorly marked border region with South Sudan, which gained independence last July, has seen clashes between Sudan and rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-North) as well as between Sudan and South Sudan, which fought for two days earlier this week.Sudanese army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad told Reuters fighting had broken out near Talodi in southern South Kordofan after SPLM-North rebels launched an assault on the town.

"Battles are ongoing until now. Rebels failed to reach their goals, and there are losses on both sides," he said of the clashes on Thursday and Friday.

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