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Sudan Announces Capture of Senior Darfur Rebel Leader


State media in Sudan say a leader of the Darfur rebel group that attacked the capital earlier this month has been arrested.

The reports Thursday say authorities have captured Abdel Aziz Ashr of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement, JEM. A state radio report says Ashr is the half-brother of top JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim.

There were no immediate details on where or when the arrest took place.

The rebel group launched an attack on Khartoum and the neighboring city of Omdurman on May 10 after traveling across hundreds of kilometers of desert.

Soldiers pushed back the rebels in fighting that killed more than 200 people.

The attack marked the first time rebels from Sudan's western Darfur region reached the capital.

The government has offered a reward of $250,000 for information leading to the capture of JEM leader Ibrahim.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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