21 February 2013

Sudan: JEM - Pictures of Malian Fighters in Darfur, Army Refutes

Photo: Brahima Ouedraogo/IRIN
Mali militants.

Khartoum — The Sudanese army spokesman refuted once more allegations by the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) affirming the presence of Malian insurgents in Darfur. Meanwhile, the rebels argue to have pictures to prove their claims.

El-Sawarmi Khaled Saad maintains the rebel movement's intention is to "mislead the international community" and portray Khartoum as a safe harbor and supporter of terrorism and extremist elements.

Jibril Adam Bilal, the rebels spokesman, insists that Malian fighters are present in several areas of North Darfur, adding their pictures have been taken in areas south of Kutum, in Umm Layona and in Korma.

Bilal says the government is trying to hide the Malians by dissolving them into the Central Reserve Forces (known as Abu Tira). He noted the Abu Tira had been used in Darfur, in the Libyan war and in Mali.

Radio Dabanga firstly reported on 4 February multiple eyewitnesses' accounts alleging to have spotted Mali insurgents in different parts of North Darfur, mainly near Kutum.

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