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South Sudan Says Sudan Bombs Hit 2 Towns, Oil Field, UN Camp

April 16, 2012

South Sudan said Sudan bombed two towns in Unity state, killing at least four civilians and wounding 21, a camp of United Nations peacekeepers and oil fields in the disputed region of Heglig.

Sudanese planes yesterday dropped eight bombs on residential areas in Bentiu, the Unity state capital, and six on the town of Mayom, South Sudanese government spokesman Barnaba Marial Benjamin said today by phone. The attack on the UN camp caused no casualties, he said.

“They are bombing at random,” Benjamin said from Juba, South Sudan’s capital. Facilities at oil fields in Heglig were also hit, and southern officials are investigating the damage, he said.

The Sudanese parliament in Khartoum, the capital, voted to declare the government of South Sudan an “enemy.” Legislators on April 11 approved a mobilization of the armed forces and the suspension of talks with the south.

South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July last year after a 2005 peace deal ended two decades of war. New fighting in the ill-defined border region separating the two nations broke out after South Sudanese forces seized control of the oil-rich Heglig region on April 10.

Sudanese Information Minister Abdalla Ali Massar said his government’s army hadn’t attacked the oil fields in Heglig and that any damage to them was caused by South Sudan’s forces, the state-run Sudan News Agency reported yesterday. Al-Sawarami Khaled, a spokesman for Sudan’s army in Khartoum, didn’t answer calls seeking comment.

South Sudan assumed control of about three-quarters of the formerly unified country’s oil production of 490,000 barrels a day. Most of the crude is pumped by the China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPZ), Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd. (PET) and India’s ONGC Videsh Ltd.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jared Ferrie in Nairobi, Kenya at jferrie1@bloomberg.net

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


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