Jan 04, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —— Lt. Gen. Gabriel Gatwech Chan also known as Tanginye, an Anyanya veteran, who has switched sides severally, has fallen today after a series of battles in Northern Upper Nile.
According to credible reports from Northern Upper Nile, Gen. Tanginye attacked SPLA-IO base at Amrah yesterday and fought until this afternoon where he and his bodyguards were outnumbered and killed in the battle.
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Gen. Tanginye was fighting forces of SPLA-IO under overall command of Lt. Gen. Johnson Olony, who resisted attempts by his tribesman, Dr. Lam Akol to persuade him to join his forces.
Gen. Gatwech, a Nuer national from Phow State, defected from SPLA-IO in july 2015 alongside other senior generals.
Gatwech, who has been suffering from diabetes went to seek medical assistance in Nairobi, Kenya, where Dr. Lam found him.
Dr. Lam defected from Salva Kiir government in July this year and managed to convince Lt. Gen. Tanginye and a few others to join his forces.
Lt. Gen. Gatwech Chan was killed today in Maganise West of Kaka, Northern Upper Nile.
According to latest reports from Kaka, SPLA-IO soldiers are currently pursuing Gen. Yohanes Okiech who fought alongside Tanginye in support of a recently formed rebel movement led by Dr. Lam Akol.
More to follow on this report …..