27 January 2009
KHARTOUM - Rebels in Sudan’s western Darfur region said they have taken control of two southern towns while the United Nations reported that the government resumed aerial bombardments in the north.
The Justice and Equality Movement, the most powerful rebel faction in Darfur, said today its fighters captured the towns of Sheiria and Khazan Djedid after clashes with government forces 25 kilometers (15 miles) northeast of Muhajiriya, which the rebels occupied this month. The insurgents shot down a helicopter and destroyed 25 vehicles, a spokesman said.
“We control Sheiria and Khazan Djedid -- in the towns and all the surrounding areas,” Ahmed Mohamed Tugod, JEM’s chief negotiator, said by satellite phone from eastern Darfur. “Many people have been killed. We have some detainees.”