Home | News    Thursday 21 January 2016

Fresh fighting erupts in S. Sudan’s Western Equatoria state

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

January 21, 2016 (YAMBIO) – At least five people are feared dead after fresh fighting erupted in Yambio, the capital of South Sudan’s former state of Western Equatoria Thursday, officials said.

JPEG - 24.4 kb
Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) jump from a vehicle while on patrol in the capital, Juba (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Sustained gun fire was heard at Birisi in Gangura payam, some 20 kilometre north of Yambio, the headquarters of the newly created state of Gbudue.

The fighting reportedly started when a military battalion on reconnaissance fell into an ambush, with unconfirmed reports indicating several senior officials were killed.

Yambio police commissioner, Brigadier Albino Marriano confirmed the ongoing fighting in the town, but declined to discuss further details.

“Armed criminal group rushed in the direction of prison correction [centre] and they started attacking the prison and other places in the town,” Marriano said by phone.

He blamed the attack on the arrow boys, a local armed vigilante group in the region.

“They are not in the town now, they have been repulsed. It is not clear how many people are killed,” the police commissioner futher told Sudan Tribune by phone from Yambio.

In recent weeks, however, Yambio town has been at the centre of intense fighting between the South Sudanese national army (SPLA) and the area local militia groups.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 21 January 2016 14:09, by Akuma

    Dissident Riek Machar should advise this groups if he is really committed to ARCISS

    repondre message

    • 21 January 2016 14:56, by Eastern

      The same applies to Kiir it was found that his rowdy soldiers went after the arrowboys if he’s really committed to the ARCISS!

      repondre message

      • 21 January 2016 23:33, by Force 1

        @ Eastern

        you’re not going to win this insurgency either conventionally or unconventionally; if you people are wise enough; you should refrain from mindless conflict or else you’ll end up losing terribly!

        repondre message

    • 21 January 2016 20:13, by padiit gaga

      This leader,s 28states will not work Arow Boys are doing great work they are protecting their landfrom tribal government, the same to Shuluk they will not let their land to be taken by Dinka too, iam Glad let smoke be in any part in S.Sudan till evile empire gone

      repondre message

  • 21 January 2016 15:30, by denis

    Send the SPLA back to their own area to look after cows. The Arrow boys will disband as they have no enemy. Peace will return. Oh and Yes, bring back the elected Governor chosen by the people.

    repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


The 62nd anniversary of Torit popular uprising 2017-08-17 00:23:12 By Arop Madut Arop As the people of the Republic of South Sudan mark and celebrate the 62nd anniversary of August 18th, 1955 Torit uprising, it would extremely be important to recall the events (...)

What is the value of water? 2017-08-14 21:28:25 By Innocent Ntabana When you and I breathe in fresh air, the amount I inhale affects you in no way. This is because air is abundant and so there’s plenty of it to go around. We actually take it (...)

The paradox of weapons collection in Darfur 2017-08-13 09:13:14 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman As a Sudanese people who long for stability, peace and security, we have no objection to the decision to collect unlicensed weapons throughout Sudan, but our reservation (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


New group formed to gather Nuer in United States 2017-08-17 14:15:50 DECLARATION FOR THE FORMATION OF NUD TO BRING TOGETHER ALL NUER IN THE U.S.A Press Statement The Nuer Union For Development (NUD) The United State of America The State of Nebraska August 15, (...)

A prominent Sudan Women and Civil rights activist passed away 2017-08-14 21:09:47 The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Khartoum, Sudan-August 14 2017 In the early hours of Saturday 12th August Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, a renowned Sudanese leader of the (...)

HRW denounces "collective punishment" in South Sudan’s Wau 2017-04-15 07:06:48 Human Right Watch South Sudan: New Spate of Ethnic Killings Urgent Need for Justice; UN Should Increase Patrols in Wau (Nairobi, April 14, 2017) – Government soldiers and allied militias (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.