Tension in Southern Sudan as SPLA is attacked in Upper Nile and Twic West is raided

SPLA March During CPA Celebrations in Malakal, January 2009 (Photo by Deng Dekuek, NSV)

(Perth, WA, NSV) - In a crushing blow to peace and security in Southern Sudan’s restive States of Jonglei and Upper Nile, the Southern Sudan’s army the SPLA has accused a former gubernatorial candidate, Mr. George Athor Deng of ordering a deadly assault on SPLA Military Barracks at Doleib Hill 12 kilometres southwest of Malakal in the Upper Nile State according to BBC and Reuters. Mr. Deng is a former SPLA General who quit his army post as stipulated by the Electoral Act of Sudan, 2009 to contest as an independent candidate for the governorship of Jonglei State. He was comprehensively defeated by Kuol Manyang who was nominated by SPLM Electoral College.

In another unrelated development, there are reports reaching NSV that a group alleged to be armed Nuer cattle rustlers from Mayom County launched a deadly attack on Twic West in Warrap State Yesterday. It is being reported that many of the Cattle Rustlers were killed and 5 people were confirmed dead from Twic West. The attack affected much of the area occupied by Akuar, Kuac Madut-Ring and Twic Amiol.

NSV sources say that, the Twic, in order to avoid their cattle being taken by what are believed to be Nuer raiders killed their cattle and then pursued the raiders and managed to kill many of them. Stay tune as NSV brings you more updates.


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