Rebel occupation of southern Darfur ends

A rare 10-day rebel occupation of southern Darfur ended on Wednesday when the Sudanese army said it "liberated" the area but the insurgents said they withdrew in the face of massive force.

"Today SAF liberated Muhagiriya," Sudan Armed Forces spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad told AFP.

The Sudan Liberation Army's Minni Minnawi faction on April 6 began their occupation of Muhagiriya and Labado, two communities strategically located about 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of the South Darfur state capital Nyala.

Darfur's insurgents normally stage hit-and-run attacks.