The Sudanese army has killed Dr. Khalil Ibrahim, the leader of Darfurian rebel group The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). Ibrahim was apparently killed in a fierce gunfight in Kordofan while fighting alongside his troops.
There has been increasing violence in Sudan in recent days as JEM and the government became involved in a series of skirmishes. It’s reported that Ibrahim and his group were attempting to retreat towards the recently-created South Sudan when government forces moved in for the kill.
The Justice and Equality Movement was founded a decade ago amid continuing political uncertainty in the country. The group is part of the Eastern Front, a coalition of rebel forces that remain active along the eastern Sudanese border with Eritrea. The JEM has so far not officially confirmed Ibrahim’s death.