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South Sudan official says Sudan bombs oil field

Tigrai Online
March 26, 2012

JUBA, South Sudan—Sudan's military bombed an oil field in South Sudan on Tuesday, a South Sudan official said, as a dangerous flare-up in border violence appeared to scuttle plans for a presidential summit between the two countries.

Unity State Minister of Information Gideon Gatpan said Sudan dropped at least three bombs near oil fields in the town of Bentiu. Gatpan said the extent of any damage wasn't immediately known.

The attack comes one day after Sudan and South Sudan clashed in the disputed border town of Jau, prompting Sudan to cancel President Omar al-Bashir's trip to meet with South Sudan President Salva Kiir next week.

South Sudan broke away from Sudan last year, but tensions between the longtime foes have remained high.

Among the unresolved issues is the demarcation of the border and an agreement to share oil revenue. South Sudan earlier this year stopped pumping oil because it said Sudan -- which owns the pipelines the south's oil must travel through -- was stealing its oil.

Source Boston.com

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