In spite of a humiliating chase through Panthou/Heglig, the Khartoum’s regime lies to its citizens. In a hasty response to SAF‘s coordinated air and ground assault on Jau, Pan Akuach and Teshwin on April 10, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) pursued the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) through Panthou (Heglig).
The whitewashed Sudanese soldiers couldn’t have a chance to hold their ground in their main base thereafter and were pushed out of their position to more than 40 kilometers north of the town as a consequence. The run after SAF ended in Kharasana, where fighting continued for the next 10 days.
Defeated decisively, SAF abandoned more than 120 military vehicles; thousands of heavy and light weapons, ammunitions; a large amount of fuel and a good number of unspecified materials. This victory let the SPLA re-stockpiled its military arsenal without spending any penny -the former leader of SPLM/A Dr. John Garang called this “a purchase in the black market.” SAF was still losing more military equipment to SPLA as it continued with its cross-border incursions days after SPLA withdrew from the town.
Some 500 SAF men were killed as they were repulsed. The overall death toll on the SAF later rose to 3,500 of