Border Attack: Sudan summons Ethiopian Envoy

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Security personnel stand near a car damaged after an explosion targeting the motorcade of Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok near the Kober Bridge in Khartoum, Sudan March 9, 2020.

Sudan has summoned the Ethiopian Chargé d’Affaires over a border attack by suspected Ethiopian militias.

According to a statement, the attack killed and wounded several Sudanese army personnel and civilians.

Thursday’s attack targeted a camp in the eastern city of al-Qadarif, the official SUNA news agency said.

A Sudanese military spokesman blamed militias “supported by Ethiopia” for the attack, according to SUNA.

There was no immediate comment from Addis Adaba.

Some Ethiopian groups are reported to have used farmland in the Sudanese al Fashqa border region for decades.

The current transitional authorities in Khartoum are trying to expel the groups.

Sudan’s foreign ministry statement said the attack killed and wounded “a number of officers and personnel of the armed forces and Sudanese citizens, including children”. No other details were given.

The attack happened while Khartoum was preparing for a meeting of a high-level joint committee on border issues, the statement said.