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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sudan Attacks Peace Deal Signatories

KHARTOUM, Sudan -- Sudanese government troops and allied militia Monday attacked a town belonging to the only Darfur rebel faction to sign a 2006 peace deal, the faction said.

"Government planes have attacked Muhajiriya, which belongs to us, and government forces and Janjaweed militia are fighting our forces," said Khalid Abakar, a senior representative from the Sudan Liberation Army.

Abakar is from the SLA faction led by Minni Arcua Minnawi, the only one of three rebel negotiating factions to sign a May 2006 peace deal. The movement then joined the government and control Muhajiriya town in South Darfur.

"We consider this a very serious development," head of Minnawi's office Mohamed Bashir said.

Rival rebel factions who did not sign the May 2006 deal also confirmed the attack on Muhajiriya, adding government troops were also amassing near Tine town, preparing to attack rebel-controlled areas in North Darfur.