Breaking: Fighting in Upper Nile near Malakal
MALAKAL (14 Oct.)
Clashes broke on Friday evening at around 8:30 pm on west bank areas
near Malakal town in South Sudan's Upper Nile State between Aguelek
Aguelek are an ethnic Shilluk militia aligned with the SPLM-IO rebel
group and commanded by General Johnson Olony. They control most of the
territory west of the Nile in the state. Last year they captured
Malakal and Melut towns briefly before withdrawing.
An official source with the Aguelek forces in the area says they were
attacked by government forces west of Owachi, south of rebel base
This comes after a reported attack last Saturday near Melut that
government officials blamed on Aguelek forces. It is not yet clear
whether the two incidents are related.
Citizens in Malakal PoC report hearing heavy weapons in the distance.
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