Khartoum — The director of Sudan‘s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) Mohamed Atta al-Moula Abbas revealed that the army along with reserve forces and NISS operatives repelled an attack this morning on the oil-rich town of Heglig.
Al-Moula said the attack was led by rebels based in the newly independent state of South Sudan adding that half the force came from Juba’s official army known as Sudan people Liberation Army (SPLA).
The Sudanese government has been battling rebels from the Sudan people Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) in the border states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan. The rebel group fought alongside the SPLA during the civil war years which ended in 2005 and allowed southerners six years later to gain their independence.
Juba, ruled by the SPLM, insists that it has severed organizational ties with SPLM-N since the partition of Sudan. But Khartoum nonetheless filed several complaints with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) protesting what it says is Juba’s continuous support to rebels fighting to overthrow the regime.
Furthermore, Sudan says that the south was the driving force behind the creation of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) which consists of SPLM-N and three main Darfur rebel groups.
Sudan‘s spy chief said that the