Sudan: Army seizes People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) rebel stronghold of Kurmuk in Blue Nile state
Sudanese armed forces seized the rebel stronghold of Kurmuk in Blue Nile state, both sides said on Thursday, after two months of heavy fighting in the state on the border with newly independent South Sudan.
“Our troops entered the town of Kurmuk, expelled the insurgents and killed and wounded many (of them) and they are now cleansing the town,” Sudan’s defence ministry website said.
Violence in Sudanese border states has soured talks between Khartoum and former civil war foe South Sudan who have yet to resolve issues such as how to share oil revenues or other assets after South Sudan seceded as part of a 2005 peace deal.
A spokesman for SPLM-North in Blue Nile said rebels had withdrawn from Kurmuk, where its leader Malik Agar was believed to be hiding, but that the rebels would fight on.
“The SPLM troops have withdrawn from Kurmuk for strategic reasons. The Sudanese army controls Kurmuk but this is not the end of the war in Blue Nile,” said spokesman Sulaiman Othman.