Sudan’s military accused armed groups of violating ceasefire in the country’s troubled Darfur region through attacking army sites in the western Jebel Marra area.
"Groups belonging to the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and Al Sahwa Revolutionary Council have attacked our forces in western Jebel Marra area," the statement noted.
"The attack is a clear violation of the declared ceasefire and an attempt to drag Darfur back to the state of war and security chaos," it added.
The Sudanese army said it maintains the right of defending its sites and protecting the citizens against terrorist and criminal acts by such groups.
The army also has the right to respond to any aggression and take necessary measures to eliminate threats and prevent the recurrence of these terrorist acts, the statement noted.
In October, the Sudanese army declared a comprehensive cease-fire across the country, including Darfur. For months now, South Sudan's capital Juba has been hosting peace talks between the Sudan government and armed groups, however, SLM spokesman Abdul Rahman al-Nair boycotted the talks.
Meanwhile, chairman of Sahwa Revolutionary Council' Musa Hilal remains in prison since the ousting of the former regime. He faces charges of rebelling, and the transitional authorities didn’t release him. This council was formed in the wake of clashes between the army and Darfur movements, and it fought beside the government forces before rebelling against it.
The media dubbed Sahwa forces as “Janjaweed” whose leader Musa Hilal was accused of committing violations in Darfur before rebelling against the government of ousted President Omar Bashir.