South Sudan

Machar Rebels Capture Strategic Town

The rebel forces of former South Sudan Vice President, try Dr. Riek Machar have captured a strategic town in the greater Equatoria region.

The SPLA- In Opposition forces under the command of Gen. Lokujo Moses Gabriel on Monday morning attacked Kajo-Keji town in the Equatoria State and took its control from the pro government militia of Mathiang Anyor.

The rebel Spokesman, Col. William Gatjiath released a statement on Monday evening saying they were first provoked by the negative forces before they took control of the town.

“Today (Monday) morning, at around 6:00am, the Mathiang Anyor government forces launched aggressive and well-coordinated attacks on the Kuku villages in and around Kajo-Keji and along Juba-Kajo-Keji road,” part of Col. Gatjiath statement said.

The rebel Spokesman alleged that the mission of the Mathiang Anyor forces were to loot and destabilize the neighboring villages.

“The purpose of the attacks was to loot, destroy and erase these villages. Indeed, while intervening to protect the targeted Kuku villages and the civilian population in and around Kajo-Keji, our gallant forces engaged the Mathiang Anyor and pursued them towards Kajo-Keji military barrack inside Kajo-Keji town.”

The rebels claimed to have killed the Mathiang Anyor fighters and captured weapons.

“In the Kajo-Keji fighting, the gallant SPLA-IO forces killed fourteen (14) government soldiers, and captured some twenty-seven (27) newly acquired AKM-47 and 5 PKM in good condition.”

Col. Gatjiath stressed that they also rescued prisoners of war from a terrible prison.

“The gallant SPLA-IO forces also managed to rescue and free from one dirty and inhumane Kajo-Keji prison more than twelve (12) young men and one woman who were arbitrary arrested and were just about to be executed without charge.”


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