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Army-controlled Darfur town razed

A Sudanese government-controlled town in Darfur has been burnt down and looted, the United Nations says.

The town of Haskanita is close to the African Union peacekeeping base which rebel forces attacked last week.

The UN observer mission did not say which forces destroyed Haskanita. The Sudanese government has not commented.

On Friday, rebels said Sudanese government troops were attacking the town in apparent retaliation for the destruction of the AU base.

A statement issued on Sunday by the UN Mission in Sudan (Unmis) said an assessment mission to Haskanita on Saturday had reported "that the town, which is currently under the control of the government, was completely burned down, except for a few buildings".

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