Sudan: troops repulse attack by Darfur rebels

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A Sudan news agency says Sudanese armed forces have repulsed an attack by Darfur rebels in a town in South Darfur. Nine soldiers and an unknown number of rebels were killed.

The semiofficial Sudan Media Center quoted government spokesman Ahmed al-Tayebas Wednesday that rebels attacked the town of Gereida, 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Nyala, capital of South Darfur, to "steal food and intimidate residents."

He said troops drove the rebels from Sudan Liberation Movement out.

He said battles were still in progress, and the government has sent reinforcements to area.

Fighting between Sudan and rebels plagued Darfur for years before tapering off in 2009. The U.N. estimates 300,000 people have died and 2.7 million have been displaced in the turmoil.