22 January 2009
KHARTOUM - Sudan’s army is preparing to recapture the southern Darfur town of Muhajiriya, seized by rebel forces last week, after attacking the area for eight straight days, the renegade Justice and Equality Movement said.
“The Sudan government is trying to attack the area from four sides,” El-Tahir El-Faki, JEM’s London-based spokesman, said in a telephone interview today. “There will be a lot of fighting in the next few days. We don’t know when they will attack, but we know there is movement.”
JEM took control of Muhajiriya after a battle on Jan. 15 with former rebels who made peace with the government in 2006, the United Nations-led peacekeeping mission in Darfur, or Unamid, said on Jan. 18. The Sudanese Media Center late yesterday cited South Darfur Governor Ali Mahmoud as saying the army will retake the town “at any time.”