Heavy fighting brokeout in Lake State for the first time.
Edited at 10:22Am, Jan 20, 2015(East African Time)
Jan 20, 2015[ Nyamilepedia] — According to Voice of America [VOA], the rebel forces loyal to former vice president, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, have brought the fighting that has wracked the country for the past 13 months into Greater Bahr el Ghazal
According to Col. Philip Aguer, the SPLA-Juba army spokesman, the rebel fighters “…came from the southern part of Unity State and are trying to transport the fighting into Lakes state by trying to attack Maper,” a village in Lakes state.
Aguer said fighting was still ongoing in Maper when he spoke to South Sudan in Focus on Monday afternoon. The spokesman is yet to verify the number of casualties on both sides.
According to the UN-run Radio Miraya, several houses were burnt down and an unspecified number of civilians were killed in the clashes.
The SPLM/SPLA-IO spokesman, Brig.Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, denies any knowledge of the attack.
According to the State Minister of Local Government and Law Enforcement, Jok Ayoum Majak, who spoke to Radio Miraya, the gunmen attacked the county headquarters and engaged the security forces.
Jok believes that the unidentified gunmen killed scores and burnt down multiple homes after defeating the security forces in Rumbek North County.
Fighting erupted in Lakes state shortly after violence broke out in Juba in December 2013. Since then, Lakes state has remained relatively calm from the current civil war, and thousands of South Sudanese have sought refuge in the state from fighting in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states.
Lake state, however, has never been peaceful for the last two years as hundreds of civilians, members of parliaments, chiefs, commissioners and family members to the state governor, Matur Chut, have been killed by gunmen or animals.