Sudan rebels extend campaign to outside Darfur

Darfur rebels have attacked an oil field in Southern Kordofan, making a rare extension of their campaign eastwards toward Khartoum, the rebels and government said today.

Darfur rebels have attacked an oil field in Southern Kordofan, making a rare extension of their campaign eastwards toward Khartoum, the rebels and government said today.

The National Redemption Front said its fighters had seized the Abu Jabra oil field on the edge of South Darfur and Southern Kordofan yesterday. “The government garrison guarding the oil field was totally destroyed,” the NRF said in a statement.

“Numerous soldiers, including high ranking officers and generals, have surrendered.”

But the Sudanese military said its forces had repelled the attack and were in full control of the field.

The army “inflicted heavy causalities on the rebels, who withdrew from the area”, said a military spokesman.

The NRF is a loose coalition of rebels who oppose the peace agreement that one Darfur insurgent group signed with the government in May.

Its stronghold is thought to be in Northern Darfur.

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