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UN reports attacks Southern Sudanese returnees

UN reports attacks Southern Sudanese returnees

The U.N. says some Southern Sudanese who tried to travel back home for a historic vote for independence from the country's north were attacked during the journey.
U.N. agencies have in the last three weeks reported at least eight attacks on convoys of buses plying several routes through central Sudan. The most serious incidents took place near the contested border hotspot of Abyei, a fertile area claimed by both northern and southern governments.
The attacks occurred around Southern Sudan's weeklong referendum, which began Jan. 9.
A U.N. spokesman said Thursday that the north and south have agreed to increase security in Abyei. The future of the region and whether it will be part of north or south Sudan is being negotiated by the two regions.