December 20, 2011 (JUBA) — A Sudan People’s Liberation Army unit has besieged rebel leader George Athor and his forces in Central Equatoria’s Morobo county area, which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Phillip Aguer, the army spokesman said today.
- FILE - Southern Sudan rebel leader George Athor, looks on during a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 (AP)
This development comes merely a day after two rebel groups currently operating in the newly independent South Sudan issued a joint statement claiming they had successfully aborted an alleged attempt to kill Athor last Tuesday.
The renegade rebel leader recently threatened recently to wage more attacks in South Sudan, including his forces’ intention to capture Bor, capital of Jonglei state. The move came after the failure of secret talks with Juba held in Nairobi last November.