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Officials: clashes in Darfur kill more than 160

world Updated: May 15, 2010 19:57 IST

Officials say that clashes between Sudan's army and Darfur's most powerful rebel group have left more than 160 people dead.

Army spokesman Capt Khalid al-Sawarmi said Saturday that government troops killed 108 fighters from the rebel Justice and Equality Movement in the Jebel Moon area of western Darfur a day earlier.

Sudan's official SUNA news agency reported that government forces also battled JEM rebels near Nyala in south Darfur.

SUNA quotes senior police official Dr Mohamed Abdul Magid al-Tayeb as saying 27 police and 33 rebels were killed in those clashes.

JEM confirmed the south Darfur violence in a statement Saturday.

The rebels broke off talks with the government on a permanent peace deal two weeks ago, accusing the military of conducting a new Darfur offensive.