Darfur rebels launched a brazen attack on Sudan’s oil fields days before peace talks are scheduled to be held with the government, kidnapping two foreign workers and giving Chinese and other oil companies a week to leave the country, a commander said Thursday.
In the latest attempt by the rebel Justice and Equality Movement to broaden the battle beyond the western Darfur region, the group said it attacked the Chinese-run Defra oil field Tuesday in neighboring Kordofan region, inflicting losses to the army and abducting two foreign workers.
“The latest attack is a message to the Chinese companies in particular,” said Mohamed Bahr Hamdeen, the head of the rebel group in the Kordofan region. “The Chinese companies are the biggest investors in the Sudanese oil industry.” [Full Text]
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