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Rebels: Sudan Bombed School

February 8, 2000

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ A Sudanese government plane bombed a primary school in rebel-controlled southern Sudan, killing 13 students, Sudanese rebels said Tuesday.

Several teachers and students were injured when a Russian-made Antonov bomber dropped six bombs on and around the school in the town of Kaouda in the Nuba Mountains, 325 miles south of Khartoum, said Samson Kwaje, spokesman for the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.

All of those killed were under age 14, Kwaje told The Associated Press in Nairobi.

Government officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The attack comes just three weeks after the Sudanese government promised a cease-fire on all war fronts in the 17-year civil war in southern Sudan.

``People were relaxed because of the cease-fire,″ Kwaje said.

More than 2 million people have been killed in fighting and war-induced famines since rebels took up arms in 1983 to fight for greater autonomy from the government in the Muslim and Arabic north and for religious pluralism for the mostly Christian, African and animist residents of southern Sudan.

In mid-January, representatives of the government and the rebels met in Nairobi to hold their fifth round of peace talks. Another round is scheduled for later this month.

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