S. Kordofan's eastern mountains 'rebels-free': Sudan

KHARTOUM – The Sudanese army on Wednesday declared the eastern mountains in South Kordofan State a "rebels-free area".

"The armed forces managed to recapture 12 areas in the eastern mountains and pounded the rebel sites," army spokesman al-Sawarmi Khaled Saad said in a statement.

"There are no rebels in the eastern mountains," he added.

The spokesman said that the Sudanese army would continue its operations to bring back security and stability to South Kordofan.

There was no comment from the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLAM-N).

Outlawed by Khartoum, the SPLM-N has been waging an active insurgency against the Sudanese government in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states since 2011.

The movement consists of fighters who sided with South Sudan during the civil war, which ended with a 2005 peace treaty that opened the door to South Sudan's independence in 2011.

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