UN: Arab Militiamen Attack Trainload of Southern Sudanese, One Dead

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations peacekeepers say Arab militiamen attacked a train carrying southern Sudanese home Sunday, killing one and wounding four.

Sunday's attack took place in Southern Kordofan — a major oil producing state which has seen a outbreak of fighting just weeks before South Sudan formally declares independence.

UN officials blame the attack on Misseriya — armed Arab nomads who were involved in Sudan's long north-south civil war.

A Misseriya spokesman denies attacking the train and blames Darfur rebels.

Fighting between the northern army and southern-aligned soldiers has broken out in Southern Kordofan and another border area, Abyei, as the south prepares to become independent on July 9.

U.N. officials say more than 100,000 civilians have fled the two regions, prompting fears of another all-out civil war.