The Sudanese army said it killed 50 rebels in a battle in Sudan’s South Kordofan province on Tuesday, although a rebel spokesman said he had no knowledge of the fighting which could complicate ceasefire talks due to resume on Friday.

Khartoum has been fighting an insurgency in the southern provinces of Blue Nile and South Kordofan since 2011, mounted mostly by former civil war fighters who were left in Sudan after South Sudan seceded that year.

Ceasefire talks between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-North), which began in mid-November in Addis Ababa, were adjourned on Sunday for four days. […]