Sudanese army repels three attacks by Garang's forces
Sudan, Politics, 4/2/1999
Spokesman for the Sudanese Army, Lt. Gen. Muhammad Othman Yassin, has announced that the army was able to deter three attacks by the opposition Sudanese People's Liberation Army, led by John Garang.
In a statement issued on Wednesday night Yassin, said the rebel forces attacked areas in the provinces of Kasla, the Blue Nile and the Upper Nile, which are all located on the eastern border of the country, and the attacks were all during Eid al-Adha.
Yassin stressed that several persons were killed or wounded between the two sides but he gave no details. He added that the "attack of the rebels in the southern part of the Blue Nile was a futile attempt to destabilize the region following the defeats the movement received recently."
The statement said the Sudanese army kept watching "and follow up the enemy of the homeland who sneaked and tried to control lorries on the road linking Sudan and Port Sudan and in the areas of Arouma and Malweyah and confiscated citizens' properties. But the security forces chased them and restored these properties except two lorries which fled into the Eritrea's territories through the borders between the two countries."
The statement continued that, "Another force sneaked into an area in the northeastern the upper Nile province, but the Sudanese armed forces deterred this force and inflicted heavy casualties and losses in them."
The statement added that the opposition forces tried to cordon the government forces which siege Olo district in the southern of the Blue Nile to break the siege but failed to achieve its objective. The Sudanese spokesman said that, "The army has full control of the situation in the district."
Within the past few days, the SPLA issued two statements in which it stressed that it killed hundreds of government army officers and soldiers and took their military equipment.
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