Sudanese Army Deny Rocket Attack On North Darfur Capital

Khartoum — Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) spokesperson Sunday dismissed statements by a rebel group about a rocket attack on the capital of North Darfur state on Friday evening.

Sudan Liberation Movement of Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) said on Saturday that it shelled Al-Fasher claiming that its rockets reached Al-Fasher airport, a military area and the town's prison.

Reports from the town say two rockets exploded outside Al-Fasher, Also the airport director denied that any shell reached the site, reaffirming that the air traffic is normal.

Al-Sawarmi Khaled, SAF spokesperson, said the security situation inside and around Al-Fasher is very quiet adding that the army forces are vigilant and ready to protect civilians in the capital city.

He added that what happened on Friday that a SAF patrol outside Al-Fasher clashed at 25 kilometers with a SLM-MM force aiming to shell military sites in the town.

The regular forces managed to repel the assailant rebels who left behind large quantities of ammunition, Al-Sawarmi said, adding "Our troops used the artillery to destroy the fugitive force".

The rebel SLM-MM and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) previously claimed carrying out rocket attacks on Al-Fasher where is the headquarters of the African Union United National peacekeeping mission (UNAMID).

Darfur rebel groups and Sudan People's Liberation Movement - North formed last year a rebel alliance and vowed to export the conflict to army's positions.

The government signed two peace deals with the rebels. The first in May 2006 with the SLM-MM and the second with Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) of Tijani Al-Sissi in July 2011.

Minnawi broke Abuja agreement officially in February 2011, as JEM refused to signed the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur. The SLM-Abdel Wahid Al-Nur only participated in the first process for peace in Darfur.

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