Sudan Bombed Southern Towns,
Rebels Claim
Roman Catholic Church
Targeted for Attack
 
Date:	4/6/99

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Sudanese aircraft bombed two towns in 
southern Sudan, killing three people and seriously injuring another 
seven, Sudanese rebels said Tuesday.

An Antonov aircraft dropped 14 bombs last week on Yei, 100 
miles southwest of Juba, the largest remaining government-held 
town in the south, the main rebel group said in a statement. The 
attack on Sunday killed a woman and injured six other people, it 
said.

In Oslo, Norwegian People's Aid, which runs a hospital in Yei that 
has been hit several times by Sudanese bombers, confirmed the 
attack but said its hospital had not been hit this time.

The statement by the Sudan People's Liberation Army, distributed 
in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, said a Roman Catholic church was 
the target for the attack.

The SPLA statement also said two children and a man were killed 
when bombs dropped March 30 on Narus, 155 miles east of Juba 
and 12 miles north of the Kenyan border.

There was no immediate comment on the reports from the 
Sudanese government in Khartoum. The bombings came as 
Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir reportedly proposed a cease-
fire throughout southern Sudan.

Christian and animist rebels in southern Sudan have fought a 15-
year insurgency for autonomy from the Arab, Muslim-dominated 
government in the north.

More than 1.5 million people have been killed in the fighting and 
accompanying famines.

The Sudanese government has accused the Norwegian aid group of 
supporting rebel troops.


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