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South Sudan said its forces were attacked by a militia group outside the capital of the oil-rich Upper Nile state today.
Clashes broke out at 3 p.m. in an area west of Malakal, 523 kilometers (325 miles) north of Juba, the nation’s capital, military spokesman Philip Aguer said in a phone interview. The attackers were driven back by the south’s military, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, he said.
“They are still being pursued by the SPLA,” he said.
Sudan and South Sudan have accused each other of supporting armed anti-government groups on either side of their border. South Sudan declared independence from Sudan in July, assuming control over about three-quarters of the formerly unified nation’s daily oil output of 490,000 barrels.
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