GUNSHOTS Rebels and SPLA clashed near Juba
Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang [File photo]
By Jale Richard
Government troops and rebels allied to the former First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar clashed between Luri and Juba yesterday morning.
The Sudan People’s Liberation Army Spokesperson, Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang said that an army convoy traveling to Amadi State was attacked by rebels on Thursday morning.
The convoy was reportedly carrying food supplies, medicines and salary to the government soldiers in Amadi State.
“That administrative convoy fell in rebel ambush between Juba and Luri but the rebels were dislodged from the ambush site, and that was the reason for the gunshots you heard in the morning,” Brig. Lul told Juba Monitor in a phone interview yesterday.
He said the SPLA beefed up the security around that area and that mobile units were pursuing the rebels.
The army spokesperson could not confirm whether the convoy proceeded or came back, saying he was yet to be informed.
He said the attack was claimed by a rebel commander of Chan Garang, who had joined Dr. Machar’s group.
Brigadier Lul said the SPLA’s defensive positions had also been attacked in three positions simultaneously in Wau and two other places on Wednesday, but SPLA was yet to confirm the number of casualties.
Brigadier Lul said he was yet to receive more information from the operation commanders.
The reports of fighting come at a time when the scheduled resumption of the peace talks was postponed to a later date.
The regional trade and security bloc, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) mediating the peace talks and the African Union had warned the parties to the conflict against violating the cessation of hostilities they signed at the first round of talks in Addis Ababa in December last year.