Khartoum – Sudanese rebels said they captured a garrison in conflict-hit South Kordofan and killed 54 troops on Saturday, with the army denying the claim.
Khartoum has been battling the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) in the southern Blue Nile and South Kordofan states since 2011.
The SPLA-N “attacked and liberated Habila town garrison” in the north of South Kordofan on Saturday, with retreating government troops leaving 54 dead behind them, SPLA-N spokesperson Arnu Lodi said in a statement.
But Sudanese military spokesperson Colonel Al-Sawarmy Khaled Saad said the army had “repulsed a sabotage attempt” in Habila.
Troops “forced the rebels out and are in complete control of the site”, Saad said.