Khartoum - Sudanese rebels have fired mortar bombs into the
capital of South Kordofan state where they rose up against the government two
years ago, the insurgents said on Wednesday.
The shelling of Kadugli on Tuesday was in retaliation for an
air raid two days earlier that killed two children, said Arnu Ngutulu Lodi, spokesperson
for the Sudan People's Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N).
"We targeted military positions" with five mortar
rounds, he told AFP.
It was not immediately clear whether there were any
casualties in the town, where a local resident confirmed the shelling but had
Government troops were responding on Wednesday with outbound
fire against rebel positions, Lodi said.
Two children, aged 10 and seven, were killed on Sunday when
a government Sukhoi jet bombed Tanasa village, near Buram town southeast of
Kadugli, according to the rebels.
A "citizen reporter" for Nuba Reports website
based in South Kordofan witnessed the aerial bombing, the website's founder,
Ryan Boyette, told AFP.
International rights groups have accused the Sudanese
military of "indiscriminate" aerial attacks, while the government has
said the rebels had killed civilians in previous shelling of Kadugli.
The ethnic SPLA-N belongs to an alliance of Sudanese
insurgents aiming to topple the Khartoum regime and install a government more
representative of the country's diversity.