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Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) -- More than 50 civilians were killed by the Sudanese army in the Nuba Mountains in the state of Southern Kordofan, said a spokesman for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, an opposition group.
Spokesman Qamar Delman, speaking by telephone from the regional capital of Juba, said members of Sudan’s armed forces bombed Abu Gabeiha, a civilian area. The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement is allied with the government of South Sudan, which gained independence July 9.
Sudanese army spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khaled didn’t answer calls to his mobile phone seeking comment.
Southern Kordofan is Sudan’s main oil-producing state, and Sudan’s government has been trying to disarm fighters there and in Blue Nile state who fought alongside South Sudan’s forces during the two-decade civil war.
After South Sudan gained independence, clashes erupted on June 5 in Southern Kordofan, forcing more than 150,000 people to flee their homes, according to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
Southern Kordofan accounts for 115,000 barrels of oil a day, according to the energy ministry. South Sudan assumed control of 75 percent of the country’s former daily crude output of 490,000 barrels a day.
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