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SSPDF and NAS forces clash in Magwi: Lul

Author: Alhadi Hawari | Published: Monday, May 20, 2024

Map of Eastern Equatoria State. | Courtesy

Four were reported killed as the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces and the National Salvation Front clash in Magwi County, said the army spokesperson.

The renewed instability comes after many months of relative ceasefire in the Equatoria region, and as the government attempts to negotiate with holdout groups – excluding the NAS of General Thomas Cirillo.

Major General Lul Ruai stated that the exchange of fire started when SSPDF soldiers conducted a foot patrol in the area.

“We had a force that was on regular foot patrol. They had a brief engagement with NAS Rebels,” he said.

“We lost one and on the side of the rebels, we neutralized three in action and recovered four AK 47 assault rifles, one was fitted with the grenade launcher.”

Eye Radio’s attempts to get a comment from the National Salvation Front were not immediately successful by press time.

In a statement, Magwi Commissioner Pole-Pole Benjamine said the incident occurred in Kimoru Boma of Obo Payam, about three kilometres from Magwi town.

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