Sudanese Defence Minister Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein visited the North Darfur region on May 10, 2009. The government has pledged to defend the country against imperialist-inspired plots and attacks., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Sudan vows to crush rebels after attacks
Updated: 13:46, Sunday July 8, 2012
The Sudanese military has vowed to defeat rebels it accuses of killing two regional government officials and six other people in an ambush.
The speaker of the South Kordofan region's legislative council, Ibrahim Mohamed Belinda, and the chief of its strategic planning council, Faisal Beshir, were gunned down on Friday along with six other members of their convoy.
Sudan's military said on Saturday in a statement carried by the SUNA state news agency that the killings are a 'treacherous act' and vowed to avenge them.
The military accused the Sudan People's Liberation Army -North for the ambush in oil-producing South Kordofan, which lies along the border with newly independent South Sudan.
The SPLA-N considers itself underrepresented in Sudan's government.
Fighting between Sudanese troops and SPLA-N forces began around a year ago.