Khartoum: Sudan`s Army says rival southern forces have attacked its troops as they were pulling out of the contested region of Abyei along the north-south border.
Abyei has long been a hotspot, with both the north and south staking claim to the fertile oil-producing area. Fears are rising that a new conflict could ignite there as Southern Sudan prepares to become the world`s newest country.
Earlier this month, the northern and southern governments agreed to deploy a joint north-south force in Abyei after withdrawing their separate units, which have stoked tensions in the region.
Sudan`s Army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled said on Friday that northern troops were ambushed by the southern army and suffered "huge losses”. He says his side reserves the right to retaliate.