South Sudan: Indian Nationals Captured in Contested Oil Fields

A warring faction of SPLA raising weapons after a deadly clash in South Sudan war zones(Photo: file)
A warring faction of SPLA raising weapons after a deadly clash in South Sudan war zones(Photo: file)

March 11, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —– Latest reports from South Sudan’s hotly costed Norther Upper Nile alleged that two Indian nationals were captured by the rebels during the recent fighting in Guelguk.

According to SPLA-IO spokesman, Col. William Gatjiath Deng, two Indian nationals namely Mr. Muggy Vijaya Boothpathy and Mr. Ambross Edward were captured at the front line during a fighting in Guelguk.

Gatjiath believes that the two men could be petroleum engineers who despised their warnings.

“Despite repeated warnings from the SPLA-IO leadership, two Indians engineers namely Mr. Ambross Edward and Mr. Muggy Vijaya Boopathy working for the Juba regime were yesterday Thursday March 09, 2017 captured alive during the fighting between the gallant SPLA-IO forces, and the Juba regime soldiers and their Sudanese rebel allies in and around the new oil site at Guelguk north, Adar.” Gatjiath said.

Col. Gatjiath reiterates that their forces defeated the government forces and killed 33 soldiers on Salva Kiir side.

“In the intense fighting that lasted for about an hour, the gallant, brave and courageous SPLA-IO forces of division five (5) under the command of Cdr Major General Khor Chuol Giet and Cdr Brigadier General Gatbel Kuach disintegrated, defeated and killed about thirty three (33) Juba regime soldiers and their JEM and SPLM-North allies, before the rest fled in disarray and were being pursued in different directions.” Gatjiath said.

The SPLA-IO spokesman blames Nuer sons on Kiir’s side for launching unproved attacks on their positions, however, he warns that their forces will continue to fight back to prevent killing of civilians and raping of women by government troops.

“While the brutal and ruthless Juba regime have been using its naira-minded so-called Governors of Maiwut and Nasir to mobilise an attack on Jikany Nuer, the gallant SPLA-IO forces in those areas and states will continue to respond to any Juba regime aggression or/and attempts by its brutal and ruthless soldiers to commit further atrocities, rapes and other egregious abuses against the civilian population.” He continued.


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