By Peter Lokale Nakimangole
YEI, 27 July 2012 [Gurtong] – The report comes after the South Sudan negotiation teampetitioned the AU to investigate latest air strikes in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State.
According to the report, Sudan has insisted that thesix bombs released by SAF were aimed at rebels inside Sudan’s territory near Darfur but unintentionally landed across the border inside South Sudan.
The teams are currently in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for negotiations.
However a statement released by Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) strongly denied launching an attack on South Darfur State from South Sudan, pointing out that such “false accusations” aim to cover up fresh air attacks by SAF in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr El Ghazal State.
“The craters are almost in one line, possibly indicating a bombing run by an aircraft. Bomb fragments and debris was visible in and around the craters. The smell of gunpowder was also evident," the report said.
South Sudan has said the Sudanese military dropped the bombs using Antonov planes.
The report also said that an Antonov military aircraft was spotted flying over the South Sudan City of Bentiu, Unity State on Saturday.
The timing of the incident is critical as South Sudan and Sudan are currently meeting in Ethiopia to negotiate outstanding post-secession issues.
The UN has given the two nations upto 2 August to resolve their differences.