Sudan says Darfur rebels attack town

By REUTERS
June 17, 2012 00:15

 
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KHARTOUM - Sudanese government forces fought off rebels attacking a town in the wartorn western region of Darfur on Saturday, state news agency SUNA said.

Rebels attacked Abu Agoura in the al-Salam district in southern Darfur, looting property from citizens, a local government spokesman told SUNA. The army repelled the attack, he added.

The agency did not identify the rebel group. A spokesman for the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), the most powerful rebel group, could not be immediately reached.

Mainly African tribes took up arms against the Arab government of Sudan in 2003, accusing Khartoum of marginalizing the remote region.

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