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Sudan Says Southern Army Tried to Kill Governor of Oil State

June 12, 2011

June 12 (Bloomberg) -- The northern Sudanese army said the country’s southern forces tried to assassinate the governor of the Southern Kordofan border state, where the two armies have clashed for a week.

The Southern Sudanese army bombarded the convoy of Ahmed Haroun, governor of northern Sudan’s only oil-producing state, the Sudanese Armed Forces said today in a statement published on the state-run SUNA news agency without saying when the attack happened. It accused the southern forces of starting the fighting.

Abdel-Aziz Adam Al-Hilu of the south’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement lost to Haroun in last month’s vote for Southern Kordofan’s governorship. Haroun is a member of Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir’s ruling National Congress Party. Both he and the president are wanted by the International Criminal Court over alleged involvement in war crimes in the western Sudanese region of Darfur.

Southern Sudanese spokesman Philip Aguer didn’t answer calls to his mobile phone seeking comment today.

The clashes, which began on June 5, may have broken out when northern forces tried to disarm members of the Nuba ethnic group in Southern Kordofan who fought on the side of Southern Sudan in the two-decade civil war that ended with a 2005 peace agreement, Aguer said on June 7.

The fighting pits the northern Sudanese armed forces against northern fighters from the state, and doesn’t involve the Southern Sudanese army based in the regional capital, Juba, according to Aguer.

--With assistance from Matt Richmond in Juba, Southern Sudan. Editors: Ross Larsen, Philip Sanders.

To contact the reporter on this story: Maram Mazen in Khartoum at mmazen@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net.


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