South Sudan rebels claim recapture of Maiwut town

South Sudan's rebels allied to former first vice president Riek Machar on
Tuesday claimed that they had recaptured Maiwut town after clashes
yesterday as government troops moved to Pagak to celebrate the fall of the
rebel stronghold.

SPLA-IO rebel spokesman William Gatjiath Deng told Radio Tamazuj this
morning that they were in control of Maiwut town since yesterday around
8:00 am. He pointed out that they recaptured the town after government
troops had gone to Pagak.

Gatjiath also claimed that they seized military equipment and killed
several government soldiers during yesterday’s clashes in Maiwut. He
admitted that about four SPLA-IO soldiers were killed and 11 soldiers
wounded.

Dickson Gatluak Jock, a spokesman for the forces of South Sudan's First
Vice President Taban Deng Gai, who were involved in the fighting, denied
claims that the rebels managed to recapture Maiwut.

Meanwhile, the governor of Maiwut Bol Ruach Rom said the town of Maiwut is
still under their control. “I am now in Pagak and I left Maiwut yesterday,
so there were no any rebels in Maiwut,” he said.The state official pointed
out that their forces are currently in Pagak to control the common borders
with Ethiopia.

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