Sudan declares state of emergency in border areas

Associated Press Modified: April 29, 2012 at 10:45 am •  Published: April 28, 2012
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KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan has declared a state of emergency in areas bordering South Sudan, giving authorities there wide powers of arrest and detention.

A decree carried by the state media on Sunday also included the creation of "special tribunals" to try suspects facing terror and customs offenses.

The move, together with the arrest on Saturday of three foreigners and a South Sudanese in a disputed border area, are signs of spiking tensions along the disputed border, where clashes have raged in recent weeks.

The violence has brought the two nations, already at odds over demarcating the border and dividing oil revenue, to the brink of war.

South Sudan won independence last year as part of a peace deal that ended a long, bloody civil war.