Insurgents shelled Kadugli, the main city in oil-producing South Kordofan state near the border with South Sudan, in their first assault on the government stronghold since last year. Government radio said five people were killed and at least 23 wounded yesterday.
Fighting in the state has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes and stoked tensions between Sudan and South Sudan since they split apart last year.
Sudan and South Sudan agreed last month to secure their border after clashing along it several times in the past year.
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