Rebels attack South Sudan’s Yei, killing 4 soldiers

Governor  David Moses of Yei River State on Wednesday confirmed that rebels attacked the South Sudanese town of Yei, killing at least four government soldiers.

Moses said that rebel forces in the country’s three-year-old civil war said the death count was higher and told civilians to leave the southwest town close to the border with Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

“What the rebels are doing here is destruction and creating a situation where civilians suffer,” he said.

South Sudan broke away from Sudan in 2011 then plunged into civil war two years later after President Salva Kiir, from the Dinka ethnic group, sacked his deputy and long-time rival Riek Machar, a Nuer.

According to the UN, fighting spread across the oil-producing nation, often along ethnic lines, forcing more than three million people to flee.

Britain has said parts of the violence amount to genocide.

Lokonga said the rebels attack on the town about 130 km southwest of the capital Juba, killed four and wounded six soldiers.

Rebel spokesman, Lam Gabriel, said it was unlikely the government side had lost only four: “It is too early … when did they count them?”

He added that seven of his side’s fighters were missing, though it was unclear whether they were dead, captured or lost in the bush.

Governor  David Moses of Yei River State on Wednesday confirmed that rebels attacked the South Sudanese town of Yei, killing at least four government soldiers.

Moses told Reuters that rebel forces in the country’s three-year-old civil war said the death count was higher and told civilians to leave the southwest town close to the border with Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

He said: “What the rebels are doing here is destruction and creating a situation where civilians suffer.”

South Sudan broke away from Sudan in 2011 then plunged into civil war two years later after President Salva Kiir, from the Dinka ethnic group, sacked his deputy and long-time rival Riek Machar, a Nuer.

According to the UN, fighting spread across the oil-producing nation, often along ethnic lines, forcing more than three million people to flee.

Britain has said parts of the violence amount to genocide.

Lokonga said the rebels attack on the town about 130 km southwest of the capital Juba, killed four and wounded six soldiers.

Rebel spokesman, Lam Gabriel, said it was unlikely the government side had lost only four: “It is too early … when did they count them?”

He added that seven of his side’s fighters were missing, though it was unclear whether they were dead, captured or lost in the bush.

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