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

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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.

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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.

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  • 21 January 14:09, by Akuma

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

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    • 21 January 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!

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      • 21 January 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!

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    • 21 January 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

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  • 21 January 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.

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