KHARTOUM — Rebels in Sudan‘s Darfur region said on Tuesday they had seized control of a town from government troops, the latest in a reported upsurge of fighting in a region that has seen nearly a decade of unrest.
“Today our joint troops took control of Girayda after fighting with SAF,” the Sudanese Armed Forces, said Abdullah Moursal, spokesman for the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA)-Minni Minnawi faction.
Girayda is about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Nyala, the South Darfur state capital.
“From our side there were four people wounded,” Moursal said, adding that the attack took place in conjunction with rebels of the SLA faction headed by Abdelwahid Nur.
Both groups last year banded together with other insurgents in Sudan to form the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF). They pledged to topple the Khartoum regime which they regard as unrepresentative of Sudan‘s political, ethnic and religious diversity.
An SRF spokesman confirmed the alliance carried out the Girayda attack.
Sudan‘s army could not be reached for comment but the member of parliament for the Girayda area, Yacoub Mohammed Al Melik, said SLA-Minnawi troops “occupied the town and are still inside.”
“We condemn this aggression because they disturbed