May 21, 2011 / 8:01 PM / in 6 years

North Sudan deploys tanks in key disputed town-U.N.

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KHARTOUM, May 21 (Reuters) - The northern Sudanese army deployed around 15 tanks in the main town of the disputed Abyei region on Saturday, the United Nations said.

"Fifteen tanks were deployed in Abyei town," said U.N. spokeswoman Hua Jiang, adding that gunshots could be heard in the town but it was unclear what exactly was happening.

Reporting by Ulf Laessing, Khartoum newsroom

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