A top South Sudanese rebel general allied to ex-first vice president Riek Machar has been killed in fresh clashes with government troops in the Southern Equatoria region, a spokesperson said Tuesday.
Paul Lam Gabriel confirmed to Radio Tamazuj that the deputy commander of the SPLA-IO’s division in the area, Brig. Gen. Joseph Yallo and his two bodyguards were killed.
“The government also continued to launch aggressive attacks since 23/12/2017 up-to this morning 26/12/2017 in Bangalo, Mundri West,” he said.
Lul Ruai Koang, SPLA’s military spokesperson, said in a statement that they had killed two rebel generals, including chief of intelligence in Bangalo. He accused the rebels of attacking their convoy.
“Rebels ambushed an SPLA convoy which was delivering food and salaries to soldiers deployed at Galia of Bangalo County. The convoy broke through and succeeded in delivering essential food rations and salaries,” partly reads Lul’s statement.
The military spokesman said two government soldiers sustained minor injuries during fighting.