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South Sudan army claims capture of rebel base in major offensive

AFP , Sunday 4 May 2014

South Sudanese government forces said Sunday they had overrun a key rebel base and that heavy fighting was raging for control of the northern oil hub of Bentiu following a major offensive.

"Our forces captured Nasir this morning. After we launched an assault yesterday with heavy bombardments, the town is ours," South Sudan army spokesman Philip Aguer told AFP, adding that rebel leader Riek Machar had fled towards the Ethiopian border.

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