Khartoum - Friendly fire killed five members of the Sudanese
security forces Thursday in South Kordofan state, where troops are battling an
insurgency, the military said.
Guards protecting a local district chief "erroneously
opened fire on a patrol of the armed forces", spokesperson Sawarmi Khaled
Saad was quoted by the official SUNA news agency as saying.
The resulting exchange of fire left a total of five dead, he
The shooting happened near Dilling, in the north of the
For two years the government has been battling rebels of the
Sudan People's Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) in South Kordofan.
On Tuesday, the insurgents claimed their first major attack
of the dry season with an ambush of a government convoy outside Dilling town.
The military has said nothing about the claimed attack,
which rebels said left "many dead bodies".