First Published: 2012-10-23

 

South Kordofan capital shelled in Sudan

 

Witnesses report barrage of shells fired by rebels on Kadugli, prompting residents to flee town centre.

 

Middle East Online

KHARTOUM - Shells struck the capital of Sudan's South Kordofan state on Tuesday in a renewed barrage, witnesses said, after unprecedented rebel firing on the same town of Kadugli early this month sparked UN condemnation.

"At 9:00 am (0600 GMT) shells started to come from outside the town, concentrating on the town centre," one witness said.

"My uncle's house was hit by a shell and burned," said the witness, who had no details of the damage because he was fleeing the area in his car.

"I saw four people injured," he added, asking not to be named.

"I heard about 20 explosions and I saw one shell hit a road-building company," another Kadugli resident said, without giving his name.

"Now most of the residents are fleeing the town centre."

It was not immediately clear who was firing but on October 8 an artillery barrage by rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) targeted Kadugli.

Seven people were killed in that attack, according to official media, and shelling of the area continued over the following two days.

 

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