Two SANDF Soldiers Wounded in Sudan
Two South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members have been injured during an ambush near the South African Battalion Base in Kutum, in the northern Darfur region of Sudan. The soldiers are from the 4 South African Infantry Battalion (4 SAI Bn) and were deployed as part of the United Nations/African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan.
The injured soldiers were airlifted by helicopter to the hospital in El Fashir shortly after the ambush. The two members are in a critical but stable condition in the UN hospital. Two other members also sustained minor injuries during the ambush, however, they are back at the base and are doing well.
Bishop Plea End to ‘Bombing Campaign’
Bishop Emeritus Macram Max Gassis, of the diocese of El Obeid, Sudan, has appealed to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to end a months-long bombing campaign in the Nuba Mountains.
Bishop Max made the appeal on October 25 nine days after seven people, including six children, were killed and dozens more injured in a raid on a crowded MARKET and a home in Heiban in South Kordofan state.
“The gun will solve no problem and violence generates violence,” he said in condemning the Sudanese government’s attacks in the region. Reports from the region indicate that more than 800 bombs have been dropped in the Nuba Mountains this year, reported Catholic News Service (CNS).
President Bashir Orders Army to Launch Decisive Attack to End Rebellion
Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir has said that the Sudanese army (SAF) has won more than 40 battles in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur, recently ordering it to launch a decisive summer attack against rebels.
Bashir, who addressed the graduation ceremony of 175 officers at the national military academy in the presence of the Libyan prime minister, Abdullah al-Thani, pointed to “recent victories of the army and regular forces” in the battlefronts in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur.
He demanded the army to get ready for a decisive summer battle to end rebellion in the country, vowing to provide every possible support to build the army capacity.