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OUTBBEAK OF A TBIBAL WAR ENGAGEMENT WITH OSMAN DIGNA DEFEAT OF THE REBELS WITH 1000 KILLED. {BY ELaffTBIO TELEGRAPH— COPYBIGHT. (PBR PEKB3 ASSOCIATION.) Suakim, Decemher 39. News has been received that the tribes of the Arnri 'have massacred hundreds of women and children, adherents, of the Mahdi, and m consequence a tribal war is impending. Suakim. Fecsmber 20. Cavalry reconnoitred m the direction of Handoub to-day, and report that a large body of rebels were visible m tho rear of the earthworks thrown up. The right redoubt of the enemy was destroyed, owing to ttie excellent shooting made by the new magazine rifle. A British sortie was made from the

city to-day, and although the enemy were engaged, no lives were lost. A battle is imminent. (Keoelved Deoember 21, 12 20 p.m.) . . StTAKIM, December 20The engagement between the British forces and the rebels under Osman Digna which has been impending for some days took place to-day. At an early hour this morning Major-General Grenfell, at the head of 1000 men, left the garrison and stormed tho rebel redoubts. The battle commenced at 7 o'clock and lasted half an hour. The enemy was completely defeated leaving over a thousand killed upon tho field. The Soudanese and black troops gallantly stormed the Arab trenches deßpite the strong resistance of Osman's forces. The Wales Borderers followed up the attack on the trenches and inflicted severe punishment on tho enemy by volley firing. Tho bluejackets from the British men-of-war m the harbor also rendered valuable assistance with machine and heavy guns. Osman's defeat is complete, his ranks fleeing m the direction of Hasheen and Tamai. The British loss was blight and there were no English officers killed or even wounded. Major-, General Grenfell's force now occupies Ihe field and will encamp among the rebel works to-night.

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THE SOUDAN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2019, 21 December 1888

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THE SOUDAN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2019, 21 December 1888