Sudanese Rebels Fight for Control of Capital
Sudan says claims victory in rare Khartoum battle
By Erin Mendell,  Newser User
Posted May 10, 2008 2:48 PM CDT
In A 2007 image released by the African Union Mission in Sudan injured Sudanese civilians lie on the floor of a waiting AMIS helicopter at Muhajeria military base.    (AP Photo/AMIS, Stuart Price, HO)
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(Newser) – Darfur rebels battled Sudanese soldiers today in a rare bid for control of Sudan's capital, Reuters reports. The military later claimed victory and said just a few militants had reached Khartoum. "Thank God this attempt has been completely defeated," a government spokesman said.

But a rebel said earlier that insurgents were close to toppling President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. "We are now trying to control Khartoum. God willing we will take power, it's just a matter of time," one senior commander said. Today’s advance marked the closest the rebels have come to seizing the capital city.