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Sudan-back militias attacking South daily, take 130 orphans hostage

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CAIRO — Fighting continues to rage in southern Sudan amid efforts to prepare for secesssion.

The army of southern Sudan has reported nearly daily attacks by militias said to receive support from the regime of Sudanese President Omar Bashir. The military said hundreds of people have been killed in the fighting, which included a mutiny by a former commander of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army.

On March 14, SPLA said at least 42 people were killed in the latest battles in southern Sudan’s Upper Nile state. The army said rebel militias took hostage 130 children in an orphanage.

“The [militia] attackers were trying to hide there,” SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer said. “The orphans and staff were later released unharmed.”

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