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SPLM says 17 killed in north Sudan army’s "attack" in South Kordofan


June 7, 2011 (JUBA)- At least 17 soldiers have been killed and several others have sustained injuries in clashes between north Sudan army and the opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan state, according to an SPLM official.

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A military truck passes by as members of the Kenana Arab tribe perform a traditional dance after ballot boxes were sealed on the last day of voting, at Galayat locality in South Kordofan State May 4, 2011. (Reuters)

Arnu Yusuf, the SPLM’s secretary general for information and communication in South Kordofan State, on Tuesday told Sudan Tribune that Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) of north Sudan carried out an attack on their premises and a house belonging to the deputy chairperson of the SPLM’s northern sector, Abdel Aziz Adam El-Hilu.

“The Sudan Armed Forces and their police staged an attack directed at our premises today. They wanted to forcefully disarm soldiers guarding our premises,” said Yusuf.

He went on to claim that 14 members of SAF and three armed guards from the SPLA, the SPLM’s military wing, were killed in the clashes.

“We have lost three comrades. Two others sustained injuries and the fighting is continuing”, says Yusuf, adding that they are determined to defend themselves.

The SPLM official denied that the fighting which took place today was initiated by armed elements associated with the SPLM.

“Our people did not initiate any fighting. The Sudan Armed Forces launched a direct attack on our premises as part of the offensive operation. They started attacking villages on Sunday through Monday without success. They lost in Talodi and in Miri. They also lost the fight in Umm Dorien, so they decided to resume it in town this morning”, said Yusuf, who declined to indicate his whereabouts.

Although South Kordofan is part of north Sudan, it has strong ties with the South and their struggle for independence. Ahmed Haroun of the north Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party was declared winner of the state’s gubernatorial election in May, an outcome which the SPLM strongly disputes, citing claims of vote rigging.

Fighting in the flashpoint state erupted on Sunday, 5 June, as SAF moved into the center of Kadugli town following an attack by unidentified gunmen on a police station in the area.

Reliable sources, who wish to retain their anonymity, have informed Sudan Tribune that shootings took place at Kadugli airport on Tuesday morning and that the conflict in Kadugli itself involves small arms and rocket propelled grenades. The sources also suggested that the UN Refugee Agency and the World Food Program buildings have been under fire.

The UN office in Kadugli confirmed eruption of a heavy fighting in Kadugli town on Tuesday.

Kouider Zerrouk, the spokesperson of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said "UNMIS is concerned about the ongoing fighting between the SAF and the SPLA and the deteriorating security situation in Kadugli."

The UN official cited a different death toll, saying that only six dead bodies were received in the local police hospital, four of whom were policemen and two civilians.

Meanwhile, another UNMIS spokesperson, Hua Jiang, told reporters that “about 3,000 people [are] taking refuge at the Kadugli police hospital".

Musa Kaka, another senior member of the SPLM in the area, in an interview with the Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that the people of the Nuba Mountains would not be the first to initiate the fight, but added that they would not allow themselves to be slaughtered “like chickens” and that they had a right to defend themselves.

“Nobody in the Nuba Mountains had intention to fight even though they were denied their rights. Our people are peace-loving people. The people of Nuba Mountains are well known for peace but they cannot allow themselves now to be slaughtered like chickens when they have all rights to defense themselves”, said Kaka.

“We know our people were slaughtered in thousands during war because we went to the bush with the south to fight against the central which did not want us to live in areas and to have right to equal treatment. It was not our choice to be born as black and in the Nuba Mountains. It was the decision of the God and so we cannot change decision of the creator. We will be here and will remain Nuba Mountains. We will stay in our land dead or alive come what may," he said.

He called on sons and daughters of Nuba Mountains in the SAF not to kill their own people.

“I call our people in the government of Khartoum, whether as politicians or in the military, not to accept politics of divide and rule in order to kill our people […] Let us resolve our difference and unite one and the same people”, he appealed.

South Kordofan, which lies on the fault lines between north Sudan and the soon-to-be independent south Sudan, is one of the country’s heavily militarized regions. It saw fierce fighting during the years of Sudan’s north-south civil wars which ended with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005.


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  • 8 June 2011 07:39, by George Bol

    Criminal Haruon Amed must know that Nuba, Blue Nile, South, Darfur will captured those who called themselves Arab if they keep wanting for war. Caution!

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    • 8 June 2011 08:36, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

      thank you gays you have press your brother in south Kordofan for well done job. the SPLA of south sudan now days has full of cowardic groups of militias who love food and luck of braveness. I wish Garang maboir was still a live. he would have done something that Arab will never forget at this time.
      the so called Kiir mayardit gov is full of groups of opportunist who just want to have money without assisting in some crisis. Kiir need to fired all the cowardic people. why would Kiir mayar worry about those who don’t do good job?
      There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever like brother in south kordofan who are fearless.
      This SPLA/M i think they belife in gundang or what? sham on them.

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      • 9 June 2011 08:23, by Sweetmouth

        Gays defend your land from so-called Arabs yet they are loss brothers who are black like us looking for food, i hope we shall defeat them.

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      • 9 June 2011 16:05, by Kolnyang youth

        Musa kaka Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

        We in the will never allow arabs in the north to killed our brothers in blue Nile and South Korodufen .

        SPLA oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
        Division 9 oyeeeeeeeeeeeeee


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  • 8 June 2011 07:45, by Ajiech M. Chol

    Keep up good work SPLA soldiers by defeating the SAF. The world is watching how president Bashir needs to intiate war and cover it with their lies.

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  • 8 June 2011 07:53, by Kur William

    Yes Nubian people that your land without doubt and you have right to dies there or alive.As matter of facts I would like to assure you that we Southerners we are behind you no matter what Sudan Government intend to do, we do know that you are strong enough to defend your kids not to be sluaghter like chicken as my fellow brother said.

    Once more time I would like to tell you that we have unify morals of which we have to support each other through both ways logistical or economics.
    kur william

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    • 8 June 2011 08:14, by Epuol

      It is due to geographical location and the CPA that leaved Nubian peoples to remain with north because if it is amatter of claiming our land from arabs, Nubian peoples contributed alot to the independant of new sudan in general.

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  • 8 June 2011 08:42, by mohammed ali

    I donnot know from where gets its news. This is different from t he story of yesterday. In the Sudanese newspapers the attack was started while Ahmed Haroun was having a meeting with the SPLA leaders Khamis Jalab, Abdulla Tiah and Yasir Arman. The meeting was in Haroun home and the house was attacked during the meeting.

    Here is the link:


    Even here it says that 300 were take refuge in Kafugli Police station! Taking refuge from whom, if the police is the culprit?

    Sudan tribune should have reliable sources, and stop fueling the war mongers!

    I hope Sudan Tribune wont delete my comment as they did yesterday!

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    • 8 June 2011 13:43, by Marco A. Wek

      Dear Mohammed Ali it is always the norms of northern Sudanese arabs not to tell the truth and that will not be suprise to those of is who know how you people twist facts and fabricate things to suite your ways and your illusional realities.

      It is the same lies your arrogant armies preach after having initiating the fight that the other party started it when they the devils are the ones who started the fighting.

      Mohammed, let me ask you and be truthful to yourself and your Alah and Mohammed to whom you bear his name. What do you think the SPLA made up of Nuba and Blue Nile sons will gain in attacking North Sudan army? You know the truth, it is your army wants to disarm them by force or kill them and the Nuba sons can’t let that happen.

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      • 8 June 2011 16:26, by mohammed ali


        "Eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune by phone that gunshots can be heard all over Kadugli and stressing that the town is in a very tense situation following clashes that erupted on Sunday and continued today.

        They added that SPLA soldiers came down unexpectedly from nearby mountains and started shooting on SAF positions which prompted an intense exchange of fire.))

        You want todivert me from the Truth by starting uselss discussion and provecation about race and religion. I am not going to respond to that. I just want to read what was written on Sudan Tribune just yesterday and tell me the truth!

        Ben Mathew admitted what happened but said was done by Nubian membeers of the SPLA. Yasir Arman said this was an isolated incidence and was not a plan attck by the SPLA!

        It is just racism and blind hatred which makes the truth unclear.

        Is Sudan tribune going to delete this as well!

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  • 8 June 2011 09:05, by Aleu

    Dear brothers and sisters of Nubian people.

    Your land is your land and there is no one will tell to leave your motherland. Your are entitle of all 99 Nubia Mountains and Khartoum government have no right to push you away in your land.

    Keep up fighting with Khartoum domination, there are many wars waiting Khartoum government to faces and Omar al Bashir losing one by one until they willl find themselves alone in isolation. The Eastern Sudan movement are on the way again to fight with Khartoum government and Omar al Bashir will be the loser this time. The North Sudan oppositions have more chances to start right now.

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  • 8 June 2011 13:16, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    There has been no right time to redefine Sudan other than now. Khartoum thinks it has regained strategic relationship with Egypt it can now start bullying the African citizenry of Sudan in order to resettle Egyptians on their land. No. This must not be allowed to occur. Khartoum needs to face the might of true Sudanese from geneina, from Damazine, from Juba and finally Kadugli. The owners of the land has suffered enough for being what they are. It is not a crime to be naturally what they are. Jallaba must be taught a lesson.

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    • 8 June 2011 16:26, by AdierCien

      In The Name Of The Trinity God Amen

      It is not a crime to defend yourself from your enemy and God there can put your right arm in strategic position, definitely help you out for good. Take courages sons & daughters of Blue Nile and south Kordofan to lift up arms each other, I know how painful it is being under attack abruptly and don’t forget we’re still your partners.
      God Bless Nubian land.

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  • 8 June 2011 18:52, by Dinka-Defender-General

    That’s right brothers and sisters of Nubians. You have rights to defend yourself at any cause and we the citizens of the South will have your back up. It doesn’t matter how long it will take you to defeat these greedies and cowards people of Bashir government. I will join you very soon and I will fight with you guys as you did during 22 years war with the North. This is just the beginning. Bashir government thinks they will slaughtering you while we watched. They got it wrong. We are trying to set up strong force as we speak and Bashir will be heading back in his Arab neighbors. Whoever tries to eliminate black skin on this earth got it wrong. We have power to defend ourselves as you said.

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