Official: Sudan attacks border town in S. Sudan

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Posted: Apr 15, 2012 10:15 AM
Official: Sudan attacks border town in S. Sudan

A military official says Sudanese troops attacked and briefly occupied a border town in South Sudan as clashes continue between the two nations.

South Sudanese military spokesman Col. Philip Aguer said Sudanese forces were attempting to open new fronts across the border after they failed to recapture an oil-rich border town seized by southern forces. Aguer says his forces repelled the attack in the town of Kuek in the border state of Upper Nile.

Fighting along the north-south border has been near constant over the past two weeks.

Troops from South Sudan on Wednesday captured the oil-rich border town of Heglig, claimed by Sudan.

Fighting erupted in the disputed region of Abyei in May of last year, just months before South Sudan formally declared independence.