April 15, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— Latest report from Pagak, South Sudan, confirmed that a government militia comprising of troops and mobilized youth launched fresh attacks on the SPLM/SPLA-IO strongholds in Maiwut County.
According to local residents, who responded on phones, a strategically coordinated heavy attacks were launched by the government troops from the direction of Ethiopia targeting civilians populated areas.
Credible sources in Maiwut confirmed that the battles were fought in Thiang, Chienyajani, Chiengwiew and chiengchang areas before the local youth and SPLA-IO soldiers eventually defeated the attacking troops.
Although the number of casualties is yet to be confirmed, the residents of Maiwut are scattered in various directions.
The local youth are believed to be pursuing the attacking force to Ethiopian borders.
Maiwut, a stronghold of the armed opposition, has been a training ground for SPLM/SPLA-IO.
The leadership of SPLM/SPLA-IO including the Chief of General Staff, 1st Lt. General Simon Gatwech Dual, visited the areas this week to graduate a new batch of SPLA-IO troops.
South Sudan government has been accused by the Opposition and the international community of pursuing war in Equatoria and Bhar el Ghazal regions to prevent the rebels from establishing cantonment sites in preparation for the implementation of the peace agreement.
The new attacks and arrest of SPLM/SPLA-IO media team in Juba and supporters in Northern Bhar el Ghazal could delay the return of the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, to Juba in three days.
At the time of this writing Juba and Pagak were yet to finalize their findings. More updates to follow!
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