Clashes kill three JEM soldiers in East Darfur
Clashes took place on Saturday between Justice and Equality Movement soldiers and a group of armed citizens killing three JEM soldiers in the Bahr al Arab locality of the newly formed East Darfur state.
Commissioner of Bahr al Arab, Adaef Issa Ilayu said the armed group managed to take control of JEM's vehicles, destroying one and killing three fighters.
Ilayu said two of armed men were also injured. He said the attacks occured as a response to repeated violations by JEM in the area.
The Commissioner appealed to the government to send more military personnel to drive the movement out of the area.
JEM confirm deaths
JEM confirmed that fighting took place and caused the deaths of three of its soldiers but strongly denied the destruction of any vehicles. They reportedly seized two cars in the battle.
The movement's military spokesman Musa El Sakin told Radio Dabanga a force of border guards led by Abdul Rahman Jumaa, traveling in cars, on horses and camels ambushed JEM.
El Sakin warned residents and the border guards of being drawn into the ruling National Congress Party's schemes.
He said JEM is not focused on a battle for Darfur, but rather for Khartoum, along with the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF).
The spokesman said the SRF have completed preparations to enter Khartoum, and call on citizens not to involve themselves in local clashes, which may block or delay the SRF's preparations.