US condemns bombing raids on Darfur villages

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Friday condemned Sudanese government helicopter attacks on villages in strife-torn Darfur, saying the strikes "call into question" Khartoum's commitment to finding a peaceful settlement in the conflict.

Washington "condemns the aerial attacks by Sudanese government helicopter gunships and Antonov bombers on the villages of Jira and Amray in North Darfur on April 19 and 21, 2007, respectively," said State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey.