Attack on Omdurman leaves 200 dead

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Saturday’s rebel attack on the Sudanese city of Omdurman left over 200 people dead, the Sudanese News Agency, SUNA, quoted the country’s Defence Minister, Gen. Abdul Rahim Hussein as telling parliament Tuesday. Gen. Hussein said the dead included 93 soldiers, 13 policemen and 30 civilians. The death toll for the rebels were not immediately known, but the Minister said more than 90 bodies of rebel soldiers were found across Omdurman, which lies on the western bank of River Nile, opposite the capital city of Khartoum. On Saturday, rebels of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), one of the rebel groups in Sudan’s Western Darfur region, launched an unprecedented attack on Omdurman. The Sudanese government said its forces repelled the attackers and inflicted heavy casualties on them. Sudan blames Chad for assisting the rebels, and has severed diplomatic ties with the country (Chad).

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