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KHARTOUM — Rebels have shelled the capital of South Kordofan state near the border with South Sudan, killing five civilians and wounding more than 20 others, the Sudanese military said Tuesday.

Sudanese military spokesman Col. Sawarmy Khalid said rebel forces fired “about eight” shells Monday, 3.5 miles outside the town.

Rebels confirmed the attack but denied any casualties, saying they targeted “military installations” in response to “extensive shelling” by government forces in areas of the state the rebels claim to control.

Violence erupted in South Kordofan last year, shortly before South Sudan declared independence under a deal that ended decades of civil war.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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