Policeman, civilian shot dead in Tombura

By Kitab A Unango

The Secretary General of defunct Tombura State, Aggrey Brown Soro, said two people including a policeman had been shot dead on Monday.

Brown said the incident happened in Tombura County during armed confrontations between the government organized forces and indiscipline forces allegedly belonging to Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO).

 “They were shot when some SPLA-IO forces came and attacked the town and our organized forces exchanged fire with them and they ran away,” Brown said.

He told Juba Monitor that the forces were under the command of an SPLA-IO Brigadier General Santo Marcello Ali. He claimed that the opposition forces have been disturbing civilians along the road going to Namatina, about 24 miles north-west of Tombura County.

Brown called on the First Vice President and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLA-IO, Dr. Riek Machar to command his forces to respect the implementation of peace agreement.

“They called themselves SPLA-IO but they are not real SPLA-IO because they have been doing bad things including looting here,’’ he added.

“Peace has been signed and already we have been tolerating this, he should talk to his people to behave well otherwise it is very unbecoming,” said Brown.

However, the SPLA-IO deputy military spokesperson, Col. Lam Paul Gabriel denied any clashes between the SPLA-IO and SSPDF in Tombura County, saying it was a lie by politicians to damage the organization’s reputation.

“We don’t really respond to politicians. They have their channels of communication. These politicians need to know their channels of communication.  If we attack the government, the government will talk to us. So, whatever they are saying is just wrong,” Lam said.

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