Sudan says captures rebel stronghold in border state

May 25, 2012 20:53

KHARTOUM - Sudan said its forces had captured two areas from rebels in its Blue Nile state on the border with South Sudan on Friday following days of heavy fighting.

Insurgents denied the claim, however, saying clashes were still continuing in the areas of Soda and Jam in Blue Nile state's Ingessana Hills.

Fighting between rebels and Sudan's armed forces has beset the country's South Kordofan and Blue Nile border states since around the time of South Sudan's secession last year.

The southern nation broke away from Sudan in July under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war, but the division left tens of thousands of fighters who had sided with the South on the northern side of the border.

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