Sudan's army captures rebel-held areas

May 25, 2012 at 8:36 AM

KHARTOUM, Sudan, May 25 (UPI) -- The Sudanese army took control of two areas previously held by the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army North in Blue Nile state, an official said.

Adam Abakar, deputy governor of Blue Nile, told the Sudanese Media Center Friday the army, in a five-day battle, seized Suda and Gam in the Angasana Mountains and inflicted "great losses in lives and equipment."

Fighting in Blue Nile erupted in September between government forces and the rebels amid protests over implementation of a peace agreement between Sudan and South Sudan.

"The [army's] victory would help to stabilize the agricultural season in the state and the border strip with neighboring South Sudan," Abakar told the Sudan Tribune

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