Sudanese troops and rebels on Sunday were engaged in heavy fighting near the South Kordofan state capital Kadugli, with rebel shells landing inside the town.
“Two rockets or mortars from SPLM-North landed in the town,” a resident said, AFP reported.
Reports of casualties could not be immediately confirmed.
A statement from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North said “our artillery unit shelled military positions inside Kadugli city” as well as in the Daldako and Al-Hamra areas outside it.
The strike on Kadugli occurred as rebels launched a “heavy counter-attack offensive” against government forces in the Al-Atmur area, 45km from Kadugli.
They said they killed 15 government troops and destroyed a tank during the fight for the area which the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) said on June 6 they had “liberated”. SAF described the area as a rebel base.
“There was a great battle there,” SAF spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad said.
“Yes, they tried to attack Al-Atmur area but we defeated them,” he said, adding, “Government forces still hold the region after about 50 rebels were killed.”