South Sudan

South Sudan Rebels ‘Seize SPLA Tanks’

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illness http://danmarknorge.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-render-shortcode-endpoint.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The Military Spokesperson for SPLA in Opposition, http://cyberneuro.com/templates/fw_mazaya/warp/helpers/useragent.php Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, told Chimpreports on Monday that they had fully taken charge of the military equipment.


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This website could not independently verify the rebels’ claims.


Government has previously blasted the rebels’ ‘propaganda,’ saying it is aimed at demoralising SPLA.


“SPLA’s Gallant Forces under overall command of Military Governor for Upper Nile State, Maj. Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth and under direct command of Front Commander, Maj. Gen. Gabriel Tangiye have collected 2 tanks (one T-72 Tank and one APC-Armoured Personnel Carrier),” said Koang.


He further pointed out that an extra “7 vehicles two of which are mounted with two heavy artillery pieces (one 14.5 with 4 barrels and one Zoo 23 with two barrels)” were recovered.


Koang elaborated that the equipment were abandoned at Guom village some 24km north of Nasir by government troops deserting defensive positions.


SPLA last week described as “wild fermentations of over imaginative people,” reports that SPLA troops had deserted their areas for rebels to take over.


Koang said a few” loyalist troops estimated at 500 are still holed up in trenches northeast of Nasir. Insiders say the latest wave of desertions was prompted by salaries delays, lack of reinforcements, and food rations.”

Army spokesman, Col Philip Aguer said desertion is not new in SPLA, adding “the issue of salaries will be addressed soon.”

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