Tribal leader killed in Sudan's flashpoint Abyei region

May 5, 2013 02:35

KHARTOUM - A top tribal leader allied to South Sudan was killed in clashes involving a rival Sudanese tribe in the Abyei region disputed by the African neighbours on Saturday, both sides said, an incident that risks fuelling new tensions in the flashpoint area.

Abyei, straddling the border between Sudan and South Sudan, is claimed by both sides, which fought one of Africa's longest civil wars.In March, both countries agreed to resume cross-border oil flows and defuse tensions which have plagued them since South Sudan's secession in 2011 after an independence vote.

But they were unable to decide on the ownership of Abyei, which is inhabited by the Dinka tribe allied to South Sudan and the Misseriya, an Arab tribe following Sudan.

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