Oct 4, 2015(Nyamilepedia) —- After two days of fierce fighting between the rival forces of SPLA in the towns of Leer and Koch, South Sudan’s SPLA [IO] claim victory over an “invading government troops”.
According to Weirial Puok Baluang, the spokesman of the military governor of Unity State, SPLA-IO forces captured the town of Leer this evening at around 2:30pm.
“The town fall under the hand of the Leer County Commissioner 1st Lt. Kuong Kuony Dhol this evening 4th Oct. 2015 at 2:30 PM South Sudan local time” Weirial said.
According to the spokesman, their forces withdrew from Leer, Machar’s home town, at 7pm on October 2nd when the government troops attacked the town.
“This is to inform the world and the media houses that, we have at last cleared the town and its payams after we tactically withdrawn from the town on 2nd Oct. 2015 at 700:PM” he said.
Werial believes that their forces, comprising of Dok-Nuer youth and SPLA forces, tactically withdrew from the town two days ago to lure in weapons and munitions from the government troops, who are allegedly their main supplier of arms.
The opposition declared having captured four mounted Toyotas, “uncounted number of AK-47 and other light weapons”, and destroyed “1 PC tanks, 1 Russain-made tank near M-S-F Holland’s compound” among other damages.
In other reports, the opposition has declared victories in Koch and its suburbs alleging that the “government troops have sustained huge casualties”.
In Juba, however, the military spokesman of SPLA, Col. Philip Aguer reports that “the rebels of Riek Machar attacked our positions in Leer and Koch”.
Despite that Aguer did not clarified who controls the town, before and after these attacks, Leer town is one of the most contested areas in the country.
The town has exchanged hands more than three times, however, the rebels have dominated its control.
The two sides have exchanged accusations over the violations of the recently signed peace agreement as Juba is accused by the residents of Greater Equatoria for aggressive attacks and force displacements of civilians in Western and Central Equatoria states.
Although the president has pledged commitments to a peace deal that he reluctantly signed in August, the president is believed to have officially violated the agreement by unilaterally creating 28 states.