Ceasefire Extended in Sudan's War Zones

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Sudan will extend a unilateral ceasefire with militants until the end of October said President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Sunday.

Sudan adopted a unilateral six-month cease-fire in January a few days after the US government chose to partially lift the economic sanctions imposed on Sudan for about 20 years.

Sudan previously announced short-term truces in these regions in June and October 2016, after which fighting eased in the southern Blue Nile and Kordofan but carried on in Darfur.

On Jan. 15, Bashir extended the ceasefire - in place since October 2016 - for six months in response to the USA move.

Now slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was based in the Sudanese capital from 1992 to 1996.

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"We have seen that the government has shown extreme restraint even in circumstances where they could have responded under the genus of self-defence", he said in an interview.

Last April, the Sudanese Council of Ministers extended the unilateral cessation of hostilities in war zones for six months.

The Sudanese army has been fighting the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) rebels in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan, also known as the Two Areas since 2011 and a group of armed movements in Darfur since 2003.

Washington has kept the sanctions in place largely in response to the scorched-earth tactics that Bashir's regime has used against the rebels in Darfur.

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