Breaking: South Sudan Rebels Shot Down a Ugandan Helicopter in Upper Nile.
July 5, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Latest reports from South Sudan’s SPLM/A in Opposition in Upper Nile region confirmed that a Ugandan army helicopter gunship was gunned down this morning by the rebels in Collo Kingdom.
According to Brig. Gen. William Ezekiel, the information desk of Agwelek forces, one Ugandan gunship was shot down on Sunday morning in Kodok, Upper Nile state, killing the entire crew.
“One Ugandan army helicopter Gunship has been shot-down today Sunday morning by Agwelek air-defence units stationed in Kodok town, Upper Nile state, Collo Kingdom.” Brig. Gen. William Ezekiel explains.
“The incident occurred when two (2) helicopter gunships identified to belong to Ugandan army, early morning attacked Kodok town in Collo Kingdom. The Gunship was downed at 7:20 am South Sudan local time.” the Brigadier General vividly recalls.
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According to the military sources of SPLM/A, the rebel forces fired at the Ugandan gunship after attacking the Chollo kingdom, killing at least 3 civilians and wounding 13 others.
“Initial information on the ground confirmed that three (3) civilians identified as a child, an infant and a woman have been reported dead in the attack, while other thirteen (13) innocent civilians were injured in the same attack by Ugandan gunships.” the spokesman explains.
“The Agwelek forces condemned the cowardly and inhumane attack by the Ugandan army on unarmed innocent civilian population. We call upon the International Community, Peace-loving nations and the IGAD mediation mission to condemn this aggressive attacks and the killing of innocents by the notorious army of Uganda.” Brig.William strongly condemns.
In a related development, the Agwelek forces allege to have captured five (5) government soldiers in Bilthiang (Wij Niger), an area situated on eastern Bank of the White Nile River.
The soldiers, who are identified to hail from Equatoria region, were captured in the latest battles in Bilthian, Anak-Diar and Rom.
The Agwelek informant reports that the war is still on going in these multiple fronts in Upper Nile state.
“Agwelek and SPLM-IO forces are currently engaged on fighting with the enemy at various fronts in Upper Nile, following attacks by the government troops on their positions in areas of Anak-Diar, Rom and Bilthian. Rom, Bilthian and Ank-Diar have been under the control of the Agwelek forces.” he said.
The brigadier general informs the whole world that the “Agwelek forces and its allied SPLM-IO have been in defending themselves and the innocents from government assaults”.
Brig William affirms the commitment of the combined Agwelek and IO fronts to peaceful resolution of the conflict, however, warns the government that the oppressed populations of South Sudan will continue to demand equitable treatment, fair justice, decent human dignity and human rights until a durable peace is restored.
“The Agwelek forces reiterate their commitment and adherence to the ongoing noble efforts by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) countries, to realize peace, stability and development in South Sudan.” William explains.
“We believe however, that the course of the struggle of the marginalized and the oppressed by the suppressive and oppressive clique regime in Juba and its affiliates in the region will not deter the majority of innocent South Sudanese from their quest for durable peace, fair justice, decent human dignity and human right for all without regard to tribal/ethnic background regional affiliation, or state.” he concludes.
Although Juba and Kampala are yet to respond to the opposition’s report, South Sudan’s Chief of Staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, visited Kampala recently to bargain for more military and aerial assistance to fight off rebellion before escalating to the main oil-fields in the state.
South Sudan renews call for external military supports as the merging of the two main rebel groups, the Agwelek and SPLM/SPLA, threatens the strategic oil fields and government garrisons in Greater Upper Nile.
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