South Sudan’s rebels seize Mundri

Juba, May 22, 2015 (SSNA) — South Sudan’s rebel forces on Friday captured Mundri of Western Equatoria state from government’s troops, the office of rebel Spokesperson has proclaimed.

The armed opposition seizure of the town was announced on Friday by rebel Spokesman James Gatdet Dak, who congratulates and praises the action taken by the Equatoria region-based SPLA-IO section under the command of Major General Elias Lako Jada.

“The spokesperson in the office of the Chairman and Commander-in-Chief, SPLM/SPLA, do hereby announce the capture today (Friday) of Mundri town in Western Equatoria state by our gallant forces under the overall command of Major General Elias Lako Jada,” the statement reads in part.

“Mundri, which is about 200kms west of Juba, is a strategic town which links the national capital, Juba, with the Western Equatoria state capital, Yambio,” it added.

On Thursday, the SPLA-IO warned that it will attack Paloch oilfields at anytime and called on oil companies to immediately evacuate their employees and leave the area.

The capture of the town, which links Juba with the Western Equatoria state, is yet another worrying sign for government, which is already facing numerous military defeats in Upper Nile State.

Meanwhile, the office of Spokesman for the SPLA-Juba faction Philip Aguer declined to comment on the issue when contacted by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA).

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