The divorce of the two Sudan’s is, as predicted, proving a messy business.
On Monday the northern governor of the oil-producing state of Southern Kordofan said that Khartoum’s army had killed “hundreds” of rebels from the SPLM-North, a political-military group that is pressing for greater freedoms and representation in Sudan.
“Several hundred members of the [SPLM-North] were killed this day in an assault on the city of Teludi that was repelled by the armed forces,” said Ahmed Haroun, a close ally of President Omar al-Bashir who, like his boss, is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The SPLM-North rejected the claims countering that it had in fact killed hundreds of government troops.
Whatever the truth behind the claims and counter-claims there seems no end in sight for the series of civil conflicts that roil Sudan.