KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan says government troops have killed at least 40 rebels in a new offensive in the country's troubled Darfur region.
Army Spokesman Capt. Khalid Sawarmy says the rebels were killed during fighting on Friday night, when army forces attacked joint positions of two rebel groups — the Justice and Equality Movement and the Sudan Liberation Movement.
The spokesman, whose comments were carried on Saturday by the official Sudan News Agency, says three soldiers also died and 13 were wounded in the fighting.
Darfur has been in turmoil since 2003, when ethnic African rebels took up arms against the Arab-dominated government, accusing it of discrimination and neglect of their region. The U.N. says some 300,000 people died 2.7 million fled their homes because of the conflict.