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Sudan rebels carry out a brief but daring attack on North Kordofan town


April 27, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) rebels swept through Umm Rawaba in North Kordofan state on Saturday morning in an attack that took the Sudanese government and observers by surprise.

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FILE - An armoured column of JEM vehicles drive in Darfur region (Reuters)

The rebels stormed the major town which lies around 500 kilometers south of the capital Khartoum utilizing 150 vehicles and killed 9 policemen, including a lieutenant, before withdrawing at approximately 2:00 pm local time.

The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) spokesperson, Colonel al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad, said that troops confronted the rebels after they arrived in Abu Kershola in the far north of South Kordofan state, adding that rebels then looted Alla-Kareem village before targeting Umm Rawaba.

Al-Sawarmi, who didn’t mention any killings, said that rebels destroyed the communication tower and electricity station in Um Rawaba and looted civilian property as well as gas stations.

He did not explain why the army did not stop them before they reached North Kordofan.

The Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), which launched an unprecedented assault on Sudan’s twin capital city of Omdurman in May 2008, confirmed its role in the attack.

"This is part of our strategy to overthrow the regime and we want to weaken the troops on the road towards Khartoum," JEM spokesman Gibril Adam Bilal told Agence France Presse (AFP).

"This is an attack deep in Sudanese territory" Bilal added.

JEM is member of the SRF, which also includes the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) fighting the army in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. It also includes the factions of Sudan Liberation Movement led by Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) and another of Abdel-Wahid Mohamed Nur (SLM-AW).

"This is a significant shift in the war in Sudan," Nur told AFP. "We are heading to Khartoum," he said. "This is not a joke."

Eyewitnesses inside Um Rawaba confirmed to Sudan Tribune the death of nine policemen at the hands of the rebels who, according to the sources, refrained from targeting civilians while they destroyed the judiciary headquarters, the power station and attacked three banks but were unable to rob them.

The eyewitnesses further added that rebels warned civilians against leaving their homes and informed them of potential aerial bombardments by SAF.

SAF’s warplanes hovered over the city for hours but did not carry out any bombings, the eyewitnesses said.

Umm Rawaba, with a population of several thousands, is about 100 kilometers east of the state capital El Obeid, home to a military airbase.

According to the same sources, SRF descended on the city from three directions, forcing authorities to shut down the main highway which connects Khartoum to the White Nile and North Kordofan states.

Hundreds of Um Rawaba residents, who gathered in the city’s hospital where bodies of the 9 policemen lie, chanted anti-government slogans especially upon arrival of the city mayor.

Later in the day, SAF spokesperson told Sudan news agency (SUNA) that the "defeated" rebels withdrew and that the army is chasing the fighters who fled in different directions.

Fighting between the rebels and the army has been so far mainly limited to Darfur as well as South Kordofan and Blue Nile states bordering South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in 2011.

Sudan’s 2nd Vice president, Al-Haj Adam Youssef, lambasted SRF saying that their acts are aimed at destroying the economic infrastructure of the country, stressing that his government would not “bend”, calling upon SRF to lay down arms and “bow to peace”.

The Sudanese parliament, in an emergency session for its subcommittee on members’ affairs yesterday, described the SRF move as an aggression to strip the nation from its gains and capabilities, calling for the need to defeat SRF militarily and popularly.

The parliament further announced that it will be summoning the defence minister to testify before it on Monday on the circumstances of the attack and taking the necessary measures to "eliminate" the SRF and its pockets.

On a separate front, the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) which is part of the SRF, said it had seized Alremaila, Alkibeba, Alshiheta and Albejaya east of South Kordofan capital of Kadugli.

"[T]hese villages were controlled by popular defense forces and militias they inflicted heavy casualties both men and military equipment, this in retaliation to the killing of children and displace and looting the innocent people" SPLM-N statement said.

There was no comment from SAF on the SPLM-N claims.


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  • 28 April 2013 05:23, by master

    this group of looters and crooks of NCP are main enemy of sudanese poeple
    your days numbered

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    • 28 April 2013 07:03, by Kushoku

      Wow so called misteress u still calling them names,I bet u dont know where are ummrwaba,alakarim located ,that is why u still living in ur sweet dreams lol !

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      • 28 April 2013 08:47, by South South

        Fucking fake Arabs is good, right? This is well done job from SPLM/N. Take the war deep inside the families of Fake Arabs. Who can believe in Sudan one day war will be taken to Umm Rawaba where fake Arabs sit with laundry on their hands. Sweet, sweet from SPLM/N

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    • 28 April 2013 10:25, by Kalo

      Fake Arab so called master,just wait and they will get you inside Khartoum,it was clear from the civilians no looting ,not taking any thing from the bank,don,t listen from the lair Swarmy,where is Mohammed Ali2 and Jalaba,i told you last time if you are a man be ready to meet us on the street leading to Khartoum,we are now 350 km away to the capital,don,t be surprise,by Kalo the song of Nuba.

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  • 28 April 2013 07:25, by BM Bol

    Good job SRF. NCP is near dying and it’s a matter of time. Keep the heat on.

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  • 28 April 2013 08:34, by tootke’bai-ngo

    the master of infidels,
    You & your prostitutes of Islam, the gay El Bashir & his disgraced rappers forces,militia should refrain from all negative shits. The Sudan sons are coming to get you in your air conditioned mansions in Khortoum which were built with the bloods & resources of the poor sudanese. people like Alhaj Adam who sold his soul for cheap dollars should re-join SRF to seek real peace

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    • 28 April 2013 16:02, by Oppressor

      This work is treacherous, not issued only for the souls of sick filled with hatred blind trove, reassuring that it is an integral part of the thinking of the SPLM mother so-called front revolutionary Traitors ..

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  • 28 April 2013 08:40, by tootke’bai-ngo

    not the fake one like that useless Doha conferences.

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    • 28 April 2013 11:57, by lualkuol

      kicks them (fake Arabs)in their assholes,SRF OYEEEEEEEEEEEE

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    • 28 April 2013 12:05, by lualkuol


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  • 28 April 2013 09:29, by telfajbago

    To: Mohamed Ali2
    you are tasked to wash the dirty leniants of Khartoum genocide regime in the media,a job suppose by know to be left to the women folk of the NCP as SRF advanced its battles to the deapth of the Country,Please cheer up and join the popular defense forces of Kordofan, because its unmanly defending your regime on websites and the homeland is at stake .

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  • 28 April 2013 13:09, by steven

    Hopefully the situation will stabilize soon and that everyone will be able to lead a safe life in a prosperous region.

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  • 28 April 2013 13:37, by pabaak

    Yes take the battle inside to their backyards, they have being shelling children and ages in the Darfur, S Kordufan and Blue Nile, this is the strategy SPLA had used when they swept many towns in Eastern and western Equatoria in mid 90s to liberate many towns, I think present of SPLA/M-N will led to the success of this operation way up to liberate Khartoum

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  • 28 April 2013 14:28, by Son of Ngundeng

    the only solution for defeating the fake Arab is to kill their children and women, it will be very easy for the SAF to fear.

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  • 28 April 2013 15:47, by Oppressor

    You see Haters & food lovers who are Narrow minded tank thinkers are talking now but don’t be so Happy coz soon you & ur Traitors SRF will Run the way you SPLAM+N DOES IN Hegilg don’t ever forget that all what u have in south is within our control even Salvage kirr decisions they are according to us & within our interest.

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    • 28 April 2013 17:30, by South South

      Your poor English makes it very hard for me to understand what do you want to say. Tell us exactly what do you want to say.

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      • 28 April 2013 18:03, by Oppressor

        Repeated hahahaha .. Funny south "Fake Arabs" is the only word u know poor insect ...

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        • 28 April 2013 19:29, by Kalo

          Shut up!!!!!!so called fake arab oppressor,your days are numbering now,you have one condition either to join SRF or to be swift out with NCP,this is just the beginning of music,wait and see,Kalo the song of Nuba

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    • 28 April 2013 19:14, by aguotwany@live.com

      Claimed oppressor , the end has came, if you can remember what Dr. John Garang has said after the signed of the 2005 CPA . ’’Sudan cannot and will never be the same as this peace engulfed ’’ and indeed this the end of the game . Liberation live to end the NCP in Khartoum . It only about the time sons of devils in Khartoum .

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    • 29 April 2013 10:11, by Lord martin the great

      Oppressor,we could not understood your fucken Arab- English spine of Sudan you put in commands other wise go back to school of English.

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      • 29 April 2013 13:28, by Peacocktail

        Good job SRF. Next attempt shall EL obeid and Kosti, then marching to Khartoum with ululation. keep the fight stiff and with courage, do not kill civilians, Be very respectful like SPLA.. SRF oyee.
        NCP is alomst to collapse.

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