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Southern Sudan stronghold seized as border clashes escalate

Officials in Khartoum are claiming to have seized an area sympathetic to South Sudan as clashes spread along the border yesterday.

A South Sudan military official said the clashes were a "terrible escalation" of the conflict that stretched back to before it split from Sudan last year.

Fighting along the north-south border has been near constant over the past two weeks. The Sudan Media Centre reported yesterday that Sudan's army took control of Mugum, a stronghold of the southern forces.