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Three injured as rebels shell South Kordofan capital

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December 14, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Three people were injured in South Kordofan’s capital of Kadugli following a round of shelling carried out by rebels from Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) that hit several neighborhoods in the city.

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A photo taken on April 6, 2012 shows Sudan People’s Liberation Army –North (SPLA-N) fighters patrolling in South Kordofan (Photo AFP/Adriane Ohanesian)

The deputy governor of South Kordofan Kamal Ballah described the incident to pro-government Ashorooq as a "hostile act against innocent women and children for the purpose of intimidation adding to their record of violations and continuous crimes".

"But we will be ready for them" Ballah added. "These random rockets on Kadugli will not frustrate us".

Ballah stressed that they have the ability to respond to the attacks and inflict large losses on them until they agree to peace.

The Sudan army spokesperson Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad told Agence France Presse (AFP) that five SPLM-N mortar bombs struck Kadugli on Saturday morning and the army responded with Katyusha rocket fire.

SPLM-N spokesman Arnu Ngutulu Lodi confirmed to AFP some shells had landed "inside Kadugli" in an action which followed intense government aerial bombing and a ground attack west of the state capital.

"This could be the retaliation," he said.

The border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile state has been the scene of violent conflict since 2011 when the SPLM-N launched an insurgency against the Khartoum regime.

Peace talks between the two parties remain deadlocked after they failed to reach a common ground for negotiations. While the government says it is only willing to discuss the conflict in the Two Areas, the SPLM-N is demanding a comprehensive peace process.

(ST)

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  • 15 December 2013 12:51, by Tiger

    You guys have done a very wonderful job by sinking Kadugli town with bombs,that mean the more they’re complaining about’the more they have felt the heavy loss on their side.

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  • 15 December 2013 14:37, by chol

    Good job SPLM North for shelling kadguli.The criminals Bashit forces are bombing civilians daily.Now the fake Arabs are panicking,well there will be more bad news to come.I supported rebels until they get thier freedom.death to terrorist.
    Chol Y

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  • 15 December 2013 19:40, by Majongdit

    It is a pity that all this happens everyday and the world watches just arm-akimbo. I never knew another genocide could be allowed in the 21st century but we all see it happen in Darfur and Southern Kordofan/blue Nile just everyday.

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