The Sudanese army said it is defeating rebel forces in fighting on the three war fronts -- Darfur, South Kordufan and Blue Nile states. Sudanese army spokesman, Col. Sawarmi Khalid Saad, was Thursday quoted by the state-run Radio Omdurman as saying that “in the framework of the planned summer offensive being carried out in all the fronts in the country, the army managed to retake a strategic Malkin area in the Ingassana Mountains in the Blue Nile State” near the borders with Ethiopia and South Sudan.
According to Col. Saad, government forces “inflicted heavy losses in lives and equipment” on the rebels before recapturing the Sudanese Revolutionary Front position of Malkin in the southern part of the Mountains.
He asserted that Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) “have therefore completed the first phase of the decisive summer offensive in the Blue Nile'.
He added that the government army beat back a “treacherous” attack by rebels of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) on a commercial convoy escorted by government forces in Fogo Diko as the convoy was traveling from Nyala, capital of South Darfur, to Zalinge, capital of Central Darfur state.
He explained that Sudanese troops killed and wounded a large number of rebels and seized 14 Landcruiser vehicles laden with two rocket launchers, 26 guns of different kinds and some small arms, while the remaining rebels fled towards Kabkabiyah region.
Col. Saad said that ”seven soldiers were wounded in the fighting before the area was secured and order restored while the Sudanese convoy resumed movement and reached Zalinge safely.”
In another development, the army spokesman said SAF repelled an attack by rebels of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) on Dalamy town in South Kordufan which was “shelled by the rebels, killing a number of women and children.”
Late last year, the Sudanese President, Omar Al-Bashir, vowed that this year would witness an end to rebellion in the region although he called on them to come to the negotiating table.