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Sudan seeks probe into killings in S.Sudan

A grab made from a video released by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on April 23, 2014 shows displaced people gathering water at a camp in Bentiu, on April 22, 2014. Rebel gunmen in South Sudan massacred "hundreds" of civilians in ethnic killings when they captured the oil town of Bentiu last week, the UN said on April 21, one of the worst reported atrocities in the war-torn nation. In the main mosque alone, "more than 200 civilians were reportedly killed and over 400 wounded,

KHARTOUM: Sudan called on Thursday for an investigation into the "assassination" of its nationals in a South Sudan oil town, where the UN has accused rebels of killing hundreds of civilians.

"The foreign ministry condemns assassination of the Sudanese nationals in Bentiu and calls for urgent investigation", the official SUNA news agency said in an SMS alert.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said on Monday that both South Sudanese and Sudanese -- some from Sudan's Darfur region -- were killed in "targeted killings" after rebels took Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan's oil-rich Unity state, from government forces last week.

In the main mosque alone, "more than 200 civilians were reportedly killed and over 400 wounded," UNMISS said. Civilians including children were also massacred at a church, hospital and an abandoned UN World Food Programme compound, it said.

The UN called for an investigation into one of the worst reported atrocities since fighting erupted in South Sudan last December.

Government forces are battling rebels loyal to sacked vice president Riek Machar, who launched a renewed offensive this month targeting oil fields.

The conflict has an ethnic dimension, pitting President Salva Kiir's Dinka people against militia forces from Machar's Nuer.

South Sudan became independent from Khartoum less than three years ago.

Western governments have commended Sudan's role in supporting regional efforts to bring peace to the South.

Kiir visited Khartoum in early April for talks with his counterpart President Omar al-Bashir.

 

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