A Sudanese rebel group said it shot down a government Antonov plane that had been carrying out bombing raids in the oil-rich state of Southern Kordofan.
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North group said its fighters shot down the Antonov at 5 p.m. yesterday and it crashed near the Jau area close to the border with South Sudan. Sudanese army spokesman al-Sawarami Khaled didn’t answer calls to his mobile phone seeking comment.
The plane carried out bombing missions in the state that killed at least two civilians, including a child, rebel spokeman Arnu Lodi said in an e-mailed statement.
Clashes started more than a year ago in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states between President Umar al-Bashir’s government and rebels who fought during a two-decade civil war alongside the forces of South Sudan, which gained independence in July last year. More than 175,000 people have fled the violence into South Sudan, according to the United Nations.
In May, New York-based Human Rights Watch said indiscriminate bombings and abuses against civilians by government forces in the Nuba Mountains area of Southern Kordofan may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.
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