South Sudan

Tension as Machar, Kiir Forces Clash

SPLA soldiers on the battlefield in South Sudan (Photo: Julius Dada/ChimpReports)

Forces loyal to South Sudan President, abortion Salva Kiir terribly clashed with soldiers of the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar on Thursday evening in the capital Juba, online causing panic in the whole town.
According to sources in Juba, the heavy gunfire between the two groups that lasted about 20 minutes started at around 8:00pm.
“The town isn’t easy this evening. Serious fighting between the government and opposition forces just somehow ended and we aren’t sure,” a source in Juba said.
There was immediately counter accusations between the two groups who blamed each other for causing the fight.
Dr. Machar’s Spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, was the first to release a statement saying the government forces attacked the opposition forces who were travelling to their principal’s residence in the capital.
“SPLA forces attacked our soldiers from the protection unit who were traveling in a vehicle on Gudele road in the town. They were taking food to our soldiers who always sleep in the office of the First Vice President to guide it,” part of Gatdet s statement seen by ChimpReports reads in part.
The same statement added government soldiers were killed in the clash without giving specific numbers and also stated that two opposition soldiers were wounded.
“A number of soldiers have been killed on the other side (SPLA). Two of our soldiers have sustained wounds.”
The spokesman also said fighting stopped and his troops had returned to their base few kilometers from the central business district but quickly noted that they remained vigilant.
“Fighting has stopped and our soldiers have returned to their base at Jebel Kujur. They have however remained vigillant.”
The opposition mouthpiece acknowledged the volatility of the security environment in Juba.
“The situation is tense, but we hope the other side will stop the provocations to resume war.”
Meanwhile the SPLA Spokesman Lul Ruai Koang said the opposition forces were to blame for the gun battle.
“The SPLA-IO are responsible for Juba clashes,” he said.


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