Sudan rejects rebel's threats to launch new attack

Sudan on Sunday refuted any threats by rebels of Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) northern sector and their call for civilians to evacuate Kadogli, capital of South Kordofan State.

"The SPLM's call to the residents of Kadogli to evacuate is likely to increase the number of displaced people and humanitarian suffering, which reveals the real intentions of the so-called northern sector," said a statement by Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The statement described the movement's calls as "criminal," explaining that "this criminal method by the so-called SPLM northern sector is likely to abort all the efforts of peace and stability in the region and prolong people's suffering."

The remarks came in response to earlier statements by the SPLM northern sector's spokesperson who called on Kadogli residents to evacuate prior to new military operations in the city.

The statement urged the international community and regional organizations to take measures to end the threat posed by these armed groups.

The continuation of some countries in hosting the leaders and elements of SPLM northern sector and other armed movements which reject to join the peace process and providing them with political, financial and military support is what encourages these armed groups to continue in exercising their criminal acts, the statement said.

On Friday, two civilians were killed and 10 others injured in bombardment by the rebels of the SPLM northern sector in Kadogli, according to a military source and eyewitnesses.

South Kordofan State has been witnessing armed clashes since 2011 between the Sudanese army and the People's Liberation Army's northern sector which has declared an alliance with a number of Darfur armed movements.

Khartoum accuses South Sudan of supporting the SPLA's northern sector which is mostly active in the states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Sudan refuses to negotiate with the group unless it breaks its link with South Sudanese army, while Juba denies any connection with the movement.

Philippines News agency