Sudan: Army kills hundreds of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) rebels in South Kordofan
Hundreds of rebels have been killed in Sudan’s South Kordofan state following clashes with the army, officials have said - claims denied by the rebels.
Governor Ahmed Haroun said the SPLM-North rebels were killed when the army repelled an assault on Talodi city.
But a rebel spokesman said fighting was continuing and “many” government troops had been killed.
Talodi lies near the border with South Sudan, which became independent from Sudan in July.
The BBC’s James Copnall in Khartoum says capturing the strategic city of Talodi would be a major success for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North rebels.
He says they hold a considerable amount of territory in South Kordofan, though largely in difficult to reach mountain areas.