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The World : Sudan Massacre Reported

September 29, 1987

The rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army said that government forces massacred several hundred civilians in the southern town of Wau on Sept. 7. A rebel broadcast monitored in Nairobi said that 63 other people suffocated after being crammed into two small cells at a nearby army barracks. The insurgents earlier accused government forces of killing about 600 civilians in the town during a two-day security operation in August. The 2-million-strong Dinka tribe forms the backbone of the rebel army, which has been fighting a bush war since 1983 to end the domination of Sudan's national government by Arab Muslims from the north.

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