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World Briefing / SUDAN

Rebels report 'very heavy' army attacks

September 14, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Insurgent groups said Sudanese forces launched "very heavy" ground and air attacks on rebel positions and villages in North Darfur.

The U.S. special envoy to Sudan, Richard Williamson, sharply condemned the Sudanese government's "pattern of violence," saying one of the attacks appeared to have targeted Minni Arcua Minnawi, a former rebel leader who signed the 2006 Darfur peace accord.

A spokesman for Sudan's armed forces told state media that soldiers had deployed in the area to protect aid convoys from bandits but made no mention of any fighting.

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