Sudanese Rebels Shelled Town in Southern State as Voting Began

Sudanese rebels shelled a town in a southern border state as voting began in the country’s general elections, the insurgents and a local official said.

Rebels fired rockets on Dilling in Southern Kordofan on Monday, with two children receiving minor injuries, the state-linked Sudanese Media Center cited the town’s commissioner, Adam al-Khalil, as saying. The Paris-based Sudan Tribune website said rockets hit two neighborhoods, citing unidentified eyewitnesses.

Arnu Lodi, a spokesman for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, which has fought a rebellion in Southern Kordofan since mid-2011, said the rockets were aimed at government troop positions and formed part of a campaign to disrupt the elections. Speaking by phone, he denied that civilians were targeted.

President Umar al-Bashir is competing against 15 candidates in the April 13-15 vote. Sudan’s major opposition parties aren’t fielding candidates, with some urging a boycott.

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