Sudan rebels say shelling resumes around oil state capital

October 23, 2012 10:43

KHARTOUM - Sudanese rebels said they had shelled the main city in the oil-producing South Kordofan state near the border with South Sudan after coming under artillery fire from government troops, the third bout of shelling in the past two weeks.

Sudan's army has been fighting SPLM-North rebels in the state since June last year, shortly before South Sudan seceded from Sudan, but the South Kordofan capital Kadugli has been mostly isolated from the fighting."The government and our troops have been shelling each other since this morning," SPLM-North spokesman Arnu Lodi said. "They have been shelling our forces based outside Kadugli from inside the town and we are shooting back in self-defense."

Sudanese army spokesman al-Sawarmi Khalid could not immediately be reached for comment.

Events in Sudan's border states are hard to verify as the government bans foreign media from traveling there.

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