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South Sudan official says Sudan bombs oil field
South Sudan official says Sudan forces have bombed an oil field in South Sudan's Unity State
By The Associated Press

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) ' An official in South Sudan's Unity State says Sudan's military has carried out an aerial attack near oil fields.

Unity State Minister of Information Gideon Gatpan said Sudan dropped three bombs Tuesday near oil fields in the town of Bentiu. Gatpan said the extent of any damage wasn't immediately known.

The attack comes one day after Sudan and South Sudan clashed in the border town of Jau. Sudan announced afterward that Sudan President Omar al-Bashir would not attend a planned meeting with South Sudan President Salva Kiir.



South Sudan broke away from Sudan last year, but tensions between the longtime foes have remained high.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) ' Sudan's vice president says a summit planned between the presidents of Sudan and South Sudan has been canceled in the face of new violence along the countries' shared border.

Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Taha said late Monday that the south's military targeted Sudan's oil and its army in violence on Monday.

But South Sudan Minister of Information Barnaba Benjamin Marial said Tuesday that Sudan's military forces "without any provocation" attacked the town of Jau. Jau is a border town claimed by both countries.

The fighting comes just one week before Sudan President Omar al-Bashir was set to visit South Sudan to sign agreements reached in Ethiopia. South Sudan broke apart from Sudan last year.


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