Security - Sudan on Wednesday said rebels who entered its territory from South Sudan, via central African Republic, were not remnants of Malian hardline Islamists, as recently alleged by a Darfur rebel movement.
The Sudanese Army said security authorities had monitored “subversive” rebel elements that had infiltrated into South Darfur (Sudan) from neighboring South Sudan via the Central Africa Republic (CAR).
Colonel Sawarmi Khalid Saad, official spokesman for Sudan's military, was quoted by the official Sudan News Agency SUNA as denying reports by Darfur rebels that those elements belonged to the Malian rebel group.
“The security authorities have recently monitored movements by negative forces and subversive elements of rebels planning hostile acts against the Sudan who infiltrated into South Darfur coming from South Sudan via the Central African Republic,' Col Saad told SUNA on Wednesday.
He said the security authorities in South Darfur were instructed by Khartoum to “deal decisively and immediately with those negative forces and subversive elements to defeat and annihilate them”.
Those forces have no relationship with Malian Ansar Al-Din (supporters of the Faith) elements as alleged by the Darfur rebel movement, said the spokesman.
Commenting on reports that orders had been given for South Sudanese military reinforcements along the common border strip, Col. Saad said up to now the Sudan had not monitored any threat to its security and safety in the Higlig oil-rich area or any other border area.
“South Sudan has no power or interest in waging war against the Sudan,” he said.