SUDAN

Sudanese military says it killed 108 Darfur rebels

Reuters

Sudanese army forces said on Saturday they have seized control of a key Darfur rebel stronghold, killing 108 members of the Justice and Equality Movement in the restive Jebel Moon area.

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"We have liberated Jebel Moon from the Justice and Equality Movement and killed 108 members. We have detained 61 rebels and confiscated 16 cars and three large trucks," army spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khaled told reporters in Khartoum.

Sudanese television showed footage of senior military officials after the end of the clashes visiting Jebel Moon in western Darfur at around 0100 local time, or 22h00 UT on Friday.

Khaled made no mention of casualties on the army side, while Jem has dismissed the army's reports as "propaganda".

Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmud also told reporters that central police forces had thwarted a Jem attack in southern Darfur earlier this week.

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