Sudan bombs S Sudan buffer zone position, kills two

The Sudanese Armed Forces killed two people when they bombed a South Sudanese army position close to the town of Jau, which lies in a buffer zone along the common border, South Sudan`s army said.

Last Updated: Sep 09, 2013, 10:24 AM IST

Juba: The Sudanese Armed Forces killed two people when they bombed a South Sudanese army position close to the town of Jau, which lies in a buffer zone along the common border, South Sudan`s army said.

"The SAF carried out the bombing with MiG-29 fighter jets. They dropped two bombs on our defensive position in Jau yesterday," James Kong Chuol, a major general commanding a division of the Sudan People`s Liberation Army close to the border, said today.
"An SPLA soldier and his wife lost their lives. Six other people including a four-year-old girl were injured," Chuol told a news agency.

Chuol said SPLA`s foremost positions are now in South Jau. They pulled back 10 kilometres from earlier positions in North Jau to comply with a border security mechanism agreed on at peace talks in September 2012.
The mechanism provides for a distance of 20 kilometres maintained between Sudanese and South Sudanese forces along the border.

Chuol said the attack was a "provocation".

"If they continue it is up to us to decide" whether to retaliate," he said, adding he had instructed his men to be on high alert.

Jau, in Unity state`s Pariang County, has been bombed by the SAF before, notably in February and July of this year.

The latest incident comes just days after an apparently harmonious conclusion to a one-day summit between the two former civil war foes.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir met his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir in Khartoum on Tuesday.

The two leaders averted a shutdown of economically vital oil flows. They also pledged to implement a raft of measures they agreed to in September of last year Implementation was derailed by a series of disputes between Sudan and South Sudan, which claimed independence and broke away in July 2011.
AFP