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Sudanese Army Kills 12 RSF Troops in Khartoum

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The Sudanese army forces launched a strategic attack in the capital city of Khartoum on Wednesday, resulting in the death of 12 members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Sudan Tribune reports.

This operation signals a continued effort by the government forces to regain control of the country and dismantle the influence of the RSF.

Brigadier General Nabil Abdallah, the official spokesman for the Sudanese army, confirmed the destruction of four RSF armed cars at the entrance of Al-Mak Nimr Bridge, a key connection between Khartoum and Khartoum North. This symbolises a significant blow to the RSF, as it disrupts their ability to maintain a stronghold in the area.

Abdallah emphasised the continued commitment of the government forces to carry out operations targeting the RSF in the Sudanese capital. The Special Forces have been actively operating in Khartoum North, Omdurman, and Khartoum, with the goal of significantly weakening the RSF’s presence and influence. In addition, the Air Force has been conducting precise air strikes on the Rapid Support Forces stationed in central and southern Khartoum.

Sudanese Army Kills 12 RSF Troops in Khartoum
Sudanese security forces stand guard outside the foreign ministry in Khartoum on 28 January 2020. Photo: AFP

The Sudanese army has been employing a hit-and-run strategy, using small groups to intensify attacks on RSF sites since last July. This approach has proven to be effective in reducing the movement of the RSF in Khartoum, where they previously had free reign. Despite these successes, it is important to note that paramilitary groups still hold control over several strategic sites.

Brig Gen Abdallah reiterated the vigilance of the armed forces, stating, “The armed forces remain vigilant, monitoring the enemy’s plans and movements, and are ready to respond to any changes the enemy may attempt.” This signifies the army’s commitment to maintain control over the country and swiftly respond to any threats posed by the RSF or other militia groups.

As a precautionary measure, the army recently launched attacks against the RSF elements near the armoured corps headquarters in southern Khartoum. This preemptive action demonstrates the army’s proactive approach in anticipating potential militia attacks and protecting strategic areas.

Following the escalating conflict, a state of emergency has been imposed and a curfew declared by the governor of North Kordofan. This measure will be in effect from 7 PM to 5 AM, starting on Wednesday.

Since mid-April, armed conflict has erupted between Sudanese army forces and the RSF in Khartoum. The confrontations have subsequently spread to various areas in the regions of Darfur and Kordofan.


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