Sudan army reports deadly clash with Darfur rebels

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Rebels in Sudan's western Darfur region ambushed a small army unit Friday, triggering an hours-long clash that killed 21 people, including 13 rebel fighters, the military said.
Army spokesman Capt. Sawarmy Khaled said the rebels behind Friday's attack were led by the main Justice and Equality Movement, which has been involved in faltering peace talks with the government. The fighting took place on a main north-south highway in the vast desert region, he said in remarks carried by the Sudan News Agency.
Khaled said the military was carrying out what he described as a wide-ranging mopping-up operation in search of the remnants of Friday's attacking forces.
Several of the rebel group's spokesmen could not be reached for comment Friday night.