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Darfur Rebels Threaten to Disrupt Bashir Visit

A JEM fighter escorts AU Force Commander General Martin Luther Agwai (third from left) and JEM's Khalil Ibrahim (second from left), in Darfur, October 2007. (AP)A JEM fighter escorts AU Force Commander General Martin Luther Agwai (third from left) and JEM's Khalil Ibrahim (second from left), in Darfur, October 2007. (AP)
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A JEM fighter escorts AU Force Commander General Martin Luther Agwai (third from left) and JEM's Khalil Ibrahim (second from left), in Darfur, October 2007. (AP)
A JEM fighter escorts AU Force Commander General Martin Luther Agwai (third from left) and JEM's Khalil Ibrahim (second from left), in Darfur, October 2007. (AP)
John Tanza
One of the main rebel groups in Darfur has threatened to disrupt a visit scheduled for this week by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, and claims it has seized control of a village in Northern Kordofan after weekend battles with the Sudan Armed Forces.

"Ten years (after the genocide in Darfur) Bashir is coming here on March 7 to stand in the same place that he committed crimes against humanity," Jibril Adam Bilal, spokesman for the Justice and Equality Movement, said.

"You can't let Bashir and his people, his militias visit the victims' areas" in Darfur, he said, threatening to disrupt the visit.

Jibril also said that JEM won control of a village in North Kordofan, and captured 11 Sudanese soldiers and more than two dozen vehicles after clashes with the Sudan Armed Forces over the weekend.

Sudan has denied that it was routed in fighting by the Darfur rebel groups.

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