Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sudan launches attack into South Sudan's borders

Sudanese armed forces launched an attack more than six miles inside South Sudan's border on Sunday, as the South's army said it had completed its pullout from the disputed Heglig oil field.

Ground troops from Sudan reportedly launched three waves of attacks according to Maj Gen Mac Paul, deputy director of military intelligence.

A soldier's body and two wounded soldiers were brought to a hospital, the clinical director at the Rubkona Military hospital, Dr Zecharia Deng Aleer, said. Dr Aleer said the soldiers were brought in from around the Pariang Junction, in South Sudan's Unity State.

Maj Gen Paul said it was the first major engagement between the two armies since South Sudan announced it would pull out from the contested border town of Heglig.

He said the Sudanese forces "have come deeply in the south" and attacked with artillery and tanks. He said the attack was part of a "continuous provocation from the Sudanese Army." He added that Sudan also used "militias" in the attack. Read More