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JEM rebels attack North Kordofan town


November 17, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese rebel group Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has struck the town of Abu Zabad in North Kordofan state, the rebels and the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) said on Sunday.

A picture taken on 2 July showing some fighters of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement in undisclosed area in South Kordofan (Photo JEM)

Abu Zabad, about 150 kilometres (90 miles) southwest of the North Kordofan capital El Obeid, is alongside the country’s main east-west railway line.

While SAF’s spokesperson, Al-Sawarmi Khaled Saad, accused the attackers of targeting civilians and looting properties, a spokesperson for JEM, Badawi Musa Al-Sakin, accused SAF of bombing civilians.

Al-Sawarmi announced the killing of the commander of the attacking force amid reports that five people were killed including two police officers and 35 others wounded.

Al-Sakin, for his part, said that dozens of SAF’s soldiers were killed in the attack including Captain Adam Mohamed Mahoula and First Lieutenant, Ali Bashar Isawi, adding that the deputy commander of SAF Colonel Ahmed Barakt Allah was seriously injured.

The leader of JEM, Jibreel Ibrahim Mohamed, has mourned in a statement he issued on Sunday the second deputy to JEM’s Commander-in-Chief, Mohamed Rahouma, affirming his killing during the attack on Abu Zabad.

Rahouma was known for his skilled military tactics. His death is a big loss for the rebel group, rebel sources say.

Al-Sakin said that their troops attacked Abu Zabad following SAF’s mobilisation of forces in the town, stressing that they seized a large number of government vehicles, heavy and light weapons, and ammunition and military supplies.

He added that their troops withdrew from the town after eight hours, accusing the government of deliberate aerial targeting of civilians.

Al-Sawarmi on Sunday described JEM’s attack on Abu Zabad as "suicidal", saying that their aim was "to loot fuel and food materials from the market".

He added that SAF destroyed 18 armed vehicles and seized several weapons and pointed out that SAF is still pursuing attackers who fled the town in different directions, stressing that the situation in the town is under control.

He further said that attackers targeted innocent civilians and looted their properties, stressing SAF’s readiness to deal with those who dare to tamper with the destiny of the Sudanese people.

The National Umma Party, in a statement issued about the attack on Sunday said that JEM forces attacked the town at 7am on Sunday and asked residents to stay in their homes while they set the police headquarters and the locality building on fire and looted the market.

Abu Zabad is about 60 kilometres from Dilling town in South Kordofan state, where JEM rebels and fighters from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLM-N) last Tuesday claimed their first major attack of the summer season.

In the same context, the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) media secretary, Yasser Youssef, described the attack on Abu Zabad as a failed attempt and announced in press statements on Sunday their support for SAF and its plans to end rebellion during the summer season.

He called upon the Sudanese people to continue their support for SAF in order to achieve the national program, defeat the rebels, and liberate the land.

Last week, the Sudanese defence minister, Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, announced the beginning of the summer military operations which aims to end rebellion in Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile.

Hussein said that troops are heading towards the military operations zones, asserting that this offensive shall witness the end of rebellion.

He affirmed the completion of preparations, plans and the simultaneous mechanical movement in the various battlefronts.

“We made huge and excellent preparations and our troops are moving to end the rebellion once and for good”, Hussein said.


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  • 18 November 2013 08:49, by Reconciliation

    Haaaaaaa.Jalaby,have you seen how you people will face fire?this is just a begining.these strong black Africans never give up.they will deal with you people untill you admit that they the son of this soil.they will force your deem government to sign the partition of Sudan or you go back to where you came from.

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    • 18 November 2013 10:25, by Abyei Propaganda

      There are so many fools on this earth. Just masturbate yourself in Juba.

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      • 18 November 2013 10:54, by Nibs

        Abyei propaganda, you’re leading in stupidity. All you need is eat pieces, drink mucus and molest yourself there in khartoum.

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    • 18 November 2013 11:40, by Jalaby

      No worries, this is just a last movement of the slaughtered!
      Now SPLA-N & JEM are hungry and on food search that’s why they target small cities that do not have any big troop or army, they attack markets, terrorize civilians and loot what ever available in their hands and run away quickly before SAF arrive and kill them like rats!!

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      • 18 November 2013 11:46, by Jalaby

        SPLA-N & JEM are suffering huge shortage of food, fuel and ammunitions after the south decided to lift its hand from supporting them and sent them against the wind!
        The last information I’ve that Al-Lemby is hitting them very hard, their moral is completely down, suffering from food & fuel shortage after the south close its door at their faces!

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        • 18 November 2013 11:54, by Jalaby

          No food, no fuel, no ammunitions and no place to run and hide and Al-Lemby is right behind them, I heard that SPLA-N threw away their weapons and climbed up the Nuba Mountains seeking a safe haven over there, what coward people? you said "You’re Nuba"?! LOOOL
          I believe Al-Lemby scared them a lot no doubt! LOL LOL

          Jalaby (Abo Tagia)

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          • 18 November 2013 13:46, by Nibs

            Forgotten son (Jallaba0
            SPLA/N and JEM, attacks ’small cities’! It’s laughable when you see a sycophants trying to justified their weaknesses. Most sudanese likes to talk big but do very little on the ground. You’re a prime example, and a lair too. You said thing.....

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            • 18 November 2013 13:54, by Nibs

              .. about currency devaluation the other day! About a brother following an elder brother, LOL! You said...i ’heard’ bla bla did this and that, WHERE DID YOU HEARD THAT?!! I can guarantee you, more ’small cities’ are coming under attack.

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          • 18 November 2013 18:58, by Kalo

            Jalaba abujabad,we are not hiding on the mountains,we are controlling 60% of the land

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        • 18 November 2013 13:04, by Reconciliation

          Rebush.these are what you use to say when SPLA were fighting your current regime.

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