April 23rd, 2012
04:54 AM ET

Witness: Sudanese warplanes strike at South Sudan border towns

Sudanese war planes crossed a disputed border region to conduct airstrikes in South Sudan on Monday, a witness said, escalating fighting that threatens to return the neighboring African countries to full-scale war.

The report of the bombing of the towns of Bentiu and Rubkona comes days after South Sudan pulled its troops at the request of the United Nations from the disputed, oil-rich region of Heglig, though Sudan claims its soldiers retook the area from South Sudanese soldiers.

Two fighter jets fired four missiles at the neighboring towns, divided by a river, hitting an open air market and killing at least one person, said journalist Alan Boswell, who is in Bentiu.

Boswell was in his car crossing the bridge between the two towns when anti-aircraft fire erupted. That was followed, he said, by missile strikes.

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  1. banasy©

    *Sigh*

    April 23, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. citizen

    And Ceasar's spirit, ranging for revenge, with Ate` by his side come hot from heck, shall in these confides with a monarchs voice cry "Havoc " and let slip the dogs of war, That this foul deed shall smell above the earth with carrion men groaning for burial.
    Shakespeare

    April 23, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Cheyenne

    Sudanese Warplanes. That's an oxy moron.

    April 23, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Phil Spectre

    Boswell was cleaning his car out when the wooden and reed-made plans flew over and dropped some aluminum pipes the Sudanese dubbed "bombs".

    April 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mother Theresa

    Fear not: George Clooney and Hillary Clinton are all over it, plus I heard Obama wrote a strongly worded letter.

    April 24, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |