Rebels Shell Capital of Sudan's S. Kordofan Again
[An Nahar] Residents have fled the capital of Sudan's South Kordofan state after renewed shelling, a witness said on Saturday, as rebels grabbed credit for their third attack this month.
"Yesterday five shells hit the ground inside the town while an official delegation from Khartoum was visiting," during the Eid al-Adha Moslem holiday, said the witness in Kadugli who asked for anonymity.
"I didn't see any casualties or maimed. But most of the residents of Kadugli took their families out of town."
Rebel mortar fire targeted an army divisional headquarters and an artillery base in Kadugli after government air strikes on rebel-held villages, said Arnu Ngutulu Lodi, front man for the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N).
"People told me, 6:00 am (03:00 GMT) Friday morning the bombing started" in areas around rebel-held Kauda town and around Kadugli, where a defence ministry delegation arrived for Eid al-Adha prayers, Lodi told Agence La Belle France Presse.
One child was injured and several houses destroyed by the government air raids, he said.
"We responded, shelling Kadugli."
Sudan's army front man could not be immediately reached on Saturday, and a senior ruling party official said he was too busy to talk.
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