Five Dead in Rare Sudan Rebel Strike on State Capital
[An Nahar] Five people were killed and more than 20 maimed on Monday when rebels shelled the capital of Sudan's South Kordofan state, official radio said, in a rare strike on the government-held town.
"Five people are martyred and 23 maimed because of the SPLM-North shelling of Kadugli," Radio Omdurman reported in an SMS news alert, which gave no source for the information.
Sawarmi Khaled Saad, Sudan's army front man, could not confirm the figure and gave a lower toll, telling AFP that one woman died from rebel firing around the capital.
"This morning a group from SPLM-North tried to get inside Kadugli town and they shelled an area six kilometers (four miles) east of Kadugli. As a result of this a woman was killed and three citizens injured," he said, adding that stability has now been restored.
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and local residents said the town itself had been hit.
Insurgents from the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) admitted the strike but said they do not target civilians.
"Yes, this is our people who have attacked," the rebels' front man, Arnu Ngutulu Lodi, told AFP.
"We are not far from Kadugli. We are just on the outskirts of Kadugli."
Lodi had no information on casualties or further details of the attack. He said his forces "are not targeting the people" but the military.
"To our knowledge there were five mortar shells that landed in and around the town," Damian Rance of the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told AFP.
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