Rebels in Sudan’s South Kordofan said they had captured a lorry carrying ballot boxes to polling stations for nationwide elections due next week, vowing to disrupt voting in the conflict-hit region. The Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North “ambushed and captured a vehicle loaded fully with ballot boxes” on Saturday on the road linking the state capital Kadugli with the town of Dilling, spokesman Arnu Lodi said Sunday. The SPLA-N will press its “military campaign plan” to stop elections in South Kordofan, Lodi said in the statement, warning civilians to avoid military sites “because they are legitimate targets”. But army spokesman Colonel Al-Sawarmy Khaled Saad said he had no information on the ambush.

Last month the SPLA-N announced its campaign to disrupt presidential and legislative elections slated for April 13. Sudan’s mainstream opposition is boycotting the elections, which are widely expected to extend the rule of President Omar al-Bashir, 71.

Bashir’s government has been battling the SPLA-N in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states since 2011. The SPLA-N has said the armed campaign intends to integrate “the various means of struggle, armed uprising and civil disobedience, to work together to stop the elections”.

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