South Sudan says Sudan bombs oil fields in border region
JUBA - Reuters
A picture taken on March 3, 2012 shows environmental damages caused by bombs which hit El Nar oil field in Unity State on February 29. AFP photoSouth Sudan said the Sudanese air force had bombed the main oil fields in Unity state near the border with Sudan on Tuesday, as violence between the two escalated.
"This morning as you called I heard the Antonov hovering over Bentiu town because it has just dropped some bombs in the main Unity oil fields," Unity state information minister Gideon Gatpan told Reuters.
The Sudanese army could not be immediately reached but Asian oil consortium GNPOC operating in Unity state confirmed the bombing. "The war planes are hovering everywhere ... One bomb actually just missed Unity base camp but anywhere else so far there is no information," said Vice President Chom Juaj.