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Abu Klea


ABU KLEA, a halting-place.. for caravans in the Bayuda desert, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. It is on the road from Merawi to Metemma and 20M. north of the Nile at the last-mentioned place. Near this spot, on Jan. 17, 1885, a British force marching to the relief of Gen. Gordon at Khartum was attacked by a greatly superior force of Mandists, who were repulsed. On the I 9th, when the British force was nearer Metemma, the Mandists re newed the attack, again unsuccessfully. Sir Herbert Stewart, the commander of the British force, was mortally wounded on the 19th, and among the killed on the 17th was Col. F. G. Burnaby.