Military Bombing Resumed in Southern Sudan; 9 Killed

KAPOETA, Sudan, JULY 2, 2002 ( The Khartoum government resumed its attacks on southern Sudan, as Antonov military planes bombed Kapoeta, killing nine and wounding 14.

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Bishop Paride Taban of Torit confirmed that the attack occurred Monday against this city, which is 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the Kenyan border.

Just one month ago, Kapoeta was captured by the rebels of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army. The rebels are fighting for autonomy from the Islamic government in the capital, Khartoum.

Four bombs hit this strategically important city, the Misna missionary agency reported. The death toll could rise.

Isoke and Ikotos, two small cities 40 kilometers from Torit, also suffered from military bombing on June 26, the Vatican agency Fides reported.

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