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Sudanese Army Denies Involvement in Latest Attacks in Darfur


The Sudanese army has strongly denied involvement in a series of raids on villages and a displaced persons camp in Darfur in which at least 44 people were killed.

On Saturday, the African Union accused Sudanese government forces of coordinating attacks with pro-government militiamen, known as the Janjaweed, of launching attacks in the western region over the past two weeks.

The Sudanese army says the information provided by A.U. Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe is incorrect and unreliable.

Meanwhile, the Sudanese government and two Darfur rebel groups began face to face talks in Nigeria Monday for first the first time since opening the latest round of negotiations in mid-September.

The proceedings began with a condemnation of the recent violence from the African Union's chief mediator, Salim Ahmed Salim, who said attacks on civilians and continued banditry in Darfur are not understandable.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP, Reuters.