Sudan Cuts Ties to Chad After Attack

KHARTOUM, Sudan -- Sudan cut diplomatic relations with Chad on Sunday after an attack on Khartoum by Darfur rebels that Sudan said was supported by Chadian President Idriss Deby.

The rebels fought Sudanese troops in a suburb of Khartoum on Saturday in a bid to seize power. Officials said the attack was defeated but that it was the first time in the conflict that Sudanese rebels had brought their battle to the capital.

Sudanese authorities partially lifted a curfew on Sunday, but said it was still being enforced on the outskirts of Omdurman, west of Khartoum, where troops were hunting down rebels who were wandering the streets.

"These forces are all basically Chadian forces supported and prepared by Chad, and they moved from Chad under the leadership of Khalil Ibrahim," President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on state television. "We are now cutting our diplomatic relations with this regime."