Ten die in clashes over Sudanese oil territory

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The Independent Online

At least 10 people have been killed in clashes between Arab nomads, militia fighters and police in Sudan's Abyei region.

Both North and South Sudan claim the oil-producing border area, one of the most likely sources of conflict as southern Sudan gains independence in July.

Fighting between Misseriya nomads linked to the North and the South-linked Dinka Ngok people marred an independence referendum in January. Abyei's chief administrator said a group of Misseriya attacked the settlement of Todach on Sunday with fighting continuing yesterday.

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