The Sudanese army says it has clashed with Darfur rebels over the past few days, killing and capturing hundreds.
General Al-Tayeb al-Musbah Osman told the state news agency that the army killed at least 300 members of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement, captured another 86 and destroyed dozens of their vehicles.
He added in last night’s report that 86 Sudanese soldiers lost their lives. JEM said it had clashed with government forces and defeated them. The joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force in the area confirmed fighting took place but provided no casualty figures.