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Sudan army says Blue Nile’s gunfire "accidental"

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September 6, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Sounds of firefight were heard on Tuesday evening in the capital of Sudan’s southern state of Blue Nile, a resident said; prompting the country’s army to downplay the events as accidental.

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Sudanese army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad speaks to reporters about the clashes between the Sudanese army and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Blue Nile in Khartoum September 2, 2011 (REUTERS)

"One hour ago, I heard gunfire and artillery bombardments in different parts of the city. The shooting lasted about 15 or 20 minutes," AFP quoted a Sudanese journalist in the capital al-Damazin as saying.

The source added that the city’s power supply had been cut.

The Blue Nile state on 1 September joined the list of Sudan’s flashpoints along with the state of South Kordofan and the western region of Darfur, when fighting erupted there between Sudan’s army (SAF) and forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) led by the state’s governor Malik Agar.

Both sides accused each other of starting the fighting. Sudan’s President Omer Al-Bashir later declared a state of emergency in the state and sacked Agar, appointing an interim military ruler in his place.

According to SAF’s spokesperson, Alsoarmi Khaled Saad, the gunfire heard in Al-Damazin occurred when one SAF member "accidentally" opened fire which caused panic among the citizens.

The army spokesman added that no casualties resulted from the shooting. "These kinds of incidents tend to occur in military areas. There is no cause of concern.”

Blue Nile State and its nearby South Kordofan State lie on the borders with the newly established state of South Sudan. Their population largely sided with the south during the years of Sudan’s second civil wars which ended in 2005 with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

Under the security arrangement protocol of the CPA, which concluded with South Sudan’s secession in July this year, the SPLM-N - which is the former northern branch of the ruling party in South Sudan - was supposed to disarm its forces and integrate them into the Sudanese army.

However that process stalled along with the CPA-mandated popular consultation vote to gauge local views on the implementation of the agreement, setting the stage for what has now become a full-scale war in the rump of the country between the government in Khartoum and SPLM-N.

Sudan security services banned the SPLM-N and shuttered its offices in the north. President al-Bashir vowed this week to crush any rebel military attack in Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

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  • 7 September 2011 10:10, by monduloka

    Prisident Bashir vowed this week to crush rebel military attack in blue nile and south korodofan. You son of Bitch Bashir, do think Malik and Al hilu is Holdink sticks for you to easly crash them in there home land.

    My freind if you are bosting with the weapons bought with south oil revenue, May All snacks and lions of african land in Blue nile and south kordofan turn enemies to your soldiers.

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    • 7 September 2011 14:04, by Ahmed Chol

      You plan a fight and start to deny it. People who don’t stand by what they did never last or succeed. Lying will bring down your regime.

      Ahmed Chol, whatever begins in anger ends in shame

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      • 7 September 2011 18:10, by Logic

        What a bunch of pussycats, most of those SAF members stationed in Blue Nile and South Kurdofan are scared to death and would shoot at anything fearing it maybe the real warriors coming at them..lol!

        You kids (SAF) should go back to your villages and stop fighting Bashir’s fight, his time is nearing the end.

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      • 7 September 2011 23:50, by Wen De David Kuol

        Fighting in Damazin and Around Blue Nile will Surely spread to entire Sudan soon.

        This problem in Blue Nile, Kordufan Southern will not end there.

        Watch this latest developement in Sudan Carefully,

        Removal of NCP is just at the door step, Closer of the SPLM-N offices and Brutual arrest of SPLM-N Members is just a gross violation of human rights. No single party can developed the entire COuntry..;.

        Davidson USA

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  • 7 September 2011 11:03, by Wanibuluk Ciciliba

    Whenever a lion roars in the forest, it is hungry and is ready to devour on any animal that might avail itself; In military profession of how to handle firearm, there is nothing like bullet was fired by accident, this is known to those who understands the rule of hundlig firearm. The fall of Khartoum is now.

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  • 7 September 2011 12:28, by amokraanthiec ooyee

    This crazy spoke man should not slip his tongue wiz his criminal bastard Bash it.Let them wait for response from Ocampo who is the bitter of their soups.

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  • 7 September 2011 13:09, by Democrat

    NIF/ NCP is unreliable and dishonest. Had Bashir and SAF accepted the framework agreement signed between Nafi’e Ali Nafie on behalf of NIF/ NCP and Malik Agar on behalf of SPLM-N in Ethiopia, the clashes in Blue Nile could have been averted and the conflict in South Korodofan would have been halted.

    NIF/NCP policy will soon boomerang and subsequently lead to the final collapse of the Khartoum regime. Whatever strikes and confrontation NCP and SAF are undertaking are just last kicks of dying horse. Very soon the horse will be caught up by its last breath and buried

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  • 7 September 2011 13:17, by eye-of-an-eye

    Wauuh look at these crazy assholes who utter nonsense to readers, we are not children to hear that, the gun can’t deliver its bullet without the operator, I can see a great fear growing in NCP becuase of the preasure from both rebel group in Darfur, South Kordufan, Blue Nile and within Khortoum by opposition party that they will make all means to overthrow the regime(Bashir). this is the end of your days. we don’t want to hear lame excuses from you evels.

    As I have mention sometime back, I can see the freedom coming for the peop^le of Sudan in no time, NCP is coming to an end, SPLA is not an easy army where by you can play around with, they will give you a very good result that you was looking for.

    Dr. Khalil
    Malik Agar
    Al Hilu
    Yaser Arman
    Mini Minawi
    Abdel khadir

    Your the only future goverment for North Sudan, once you slip away from this golden chance you will never get it again in future, you take every effort to grap this freedom by force is for you and people of Sudan at large. I encourage you to seek military reinforcement and relation Isreal or any international community they will give you ahand because they do witness what is currently going on in the ground. save civilians.

    Together you make a better Sudan tomorrow.

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    • 7 September 2011 23:24, by Wen De David Kuol

      BASHIR MUST GO; THIS IS THE LAST CHAPTER, SUDAN WITHOUT BASHIR.

      I surely Support the removal of this autocratic leader call Omer Bashir plus Nafie and Taha, they Assassinate Dr. John Garang for the sake of the CPA to collapse but South Persevere it till the Ambition of Southerners that lost Millions Lives.

      Now turning the same to Malik Agar and Abdelah Aziz, Mininawi but all God Protect them, now they are safe in Sudan.

      Bashir and Terrorist Government call NCP is at the breech of collapse like Libya, Soon you will hears drama in Khartoum leave alone this incident in Blue Nile is just a minor. All Political Parties are sensing that echo and being nervous on that deals, All these Powerful Group will be defeat by Bashir Gangsters.

      Bashir is worst then Gadhafi now, What is International waiting, More Genocide in Sudan as it happen in Darfur, Obama Adminstration should be very clear on NCP Government, otherwise Our Brothers in Blue Nile, Southern Kordufan and Darfur must not work alone to Freedom

      Davidson, USA

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  • 8 September 2011 06:30, by Yale

    Gunfire accidentaly,why you lie?.The dogs are not far from Damazin, the dogs are in your back yard. Most of the areas controling by SPLA.The new areas which captured by spla are Al bow, Kolle and Tintoro.the distances from those areas is just 10 miles to Damazin.
    You also lie to the people saying that the security was good in Damazin.You people of Al Damazin do not go back, Al Damazin is a battle place.I am confidence that we would capture Al Damazin I hope very soon.

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