SPLA-IO officer captured on Sunday during fighting in Wau

Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, SPLA-IO deputy spokesman (photo courtesy)

October 16th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) –  A rebel officer loyal to the main armed opposition group, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) led by former first Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny has been captured by government troops in Ngoku village in Western Bahr Al-Ghazal state, a opposition spokesman said on Monday.

Col. John Andrea Kangandi also known as John Koffi, according to the opposition spokesman, was captured during fierce fighting between government and opposition troops in Western Bahr AL-Ghazal state.

In a  statement issued by the SPLA-IO deputy spokesman Col. Lam Paul Gabriel on Monday, te group said they were attacked at Ngisa, Tado and Ngoku village in Western Bahr Al-Ghazal resulting in the capture of their man.

“The regime’s forces based in Mboro has been on constant offensive against the SPLA IO positions in Ngisa, Tado, and Ngoku from 03/10/2018 to yesterday the 14/10/2018 causing unwanted lost of lives both civilians and military besides further displacement of civilians,” they said.

“They also captured and abducted Col. John Andrea Kangandi Known as (John Koffi) along with his wife yet to be identified by name in Ngoku,” the statement said.

The rebel spokesman further accused high profile military leaders in the capital Juba of spearheading and directing the attacks against the groups in multiple fronts including in Central Equatoria and Unity state.

“These attacks have been premeditated and planned by commanders of the regime in Juba to widened their territory and deny any establishment of cantonment sites in the area,” the statement added.