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Sudan bombs two church compounds

Sudanese government planes bombed two church compounds in rebel-held southern Sudan, injuring at least four people, the Sudan Catholic Bishops Regional Conference said yesterday.

It described the attack in which four bombs struck the residence of Bishop Johnson Akio Mutek in Ikotos on Tuesday night.

The bombing injured "many people including four Kenyans" and destroyed the bishop's residence and a youth centre, said a statement by the conference released in neighbouring Nairobi.

Another 12 bombs were dropped near church schools in Isoke, the group said. A church spokesman said no one was injured and the bombs did no damage.

No rebel units were near either target, church officials said. Sudanese government officials were not available for comment.

Ikotos and Isoke are in the south in Equatoria province, along the Kenyan border, where the rebel Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army recently captured an important government garrison town. The rebels are fighting for autonomy from the Islamic government in the capital, Khartoum.

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28 Jun 2002