Ugandan air force carries out airstrikes on South Sudanese rebels positions in Upper Nile

A Ugandan air force fighter jet. Photo: New Vision-Uganda/Getty Images/File

Pagak/Juba, July 22, 2017 (SSNA) — Ugandan’s military warplanes Friday carried out airstrikes on a South Sudan armed opposition outpost in Upper Nile, rebel military Spokesman has said.

Brig. General William Gatjiath Deng, the SPLA-IO official spokesman said in a statement that two heavily armed Ugandan gunships bombed one rebel position in Upper Nile’s Thochdeng in an attempt to rescue government forces who have been cornered by the rebel forces.

“It was the late evening yesterday [Friday] at around 3:30PM, when the two Ugandan gunships accompanied by a white (MI) Helicopter that was not identified which company it comes from but later landed within two minutes near the enemy trenches while the two military gunships started bombardment on the SPLA-IO position at Thocdeng,” Brig. Gen. Deng explained.

The rebel spokesman disclosed in the statement that SPLA-IO artillery unit retaliates in an extreme way, forcing the gunships to lose focus and left. He added that “…nobody killed during the air attack.”

“The SPLA-IO artillery unit had excessively retaliated the air attack with (Zuu -23) until the two gunships went and bombarded randomly on the surrounding villages at Thocdeng,” he said.

The South Sudan News Agency has learned that heavily armed troops from the SPLA-IO 5th Division and Tiger Battalion were immediately given an order to attack a base where government forces were stationed.

The raid resulted in the death of at least 37 government soldiers and a humiliating defeat to the Juba-backed forces, according to Brig. General Deng. Deng also stated that the SPLA-IO has captured a “good number of light guns.”

Deng, who described Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir as “notorious presidents” asserted in his press statement that the SPLA-IO is well-prepared to protect its strongholds.

Ugandan President has publicly declared himself as a supporter of Kiir. Uganda’s soldiers have been fighting alongside government troops against South Sudanese rebels.

The armed opposition spokesman also accused Kampala and Juba of orchestrating the plan to attack Maiwut and Pagak and warned that any attempt to capture Maiwut or Pagak would be a fatal mistake on the government side.

The SPLA-IO early this month warned of a river of body bags if Juba attempts to take over its strongholds in Upper Nile.

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  • Sebit. Abbe Nla. Juba
    July 22, 2017 9:55 pm

    Such random bombardments may cause untold suffering to civilians. President MUSEVENI of Uganda will soon force other “shared” tribes with Uganda such as Kakwas,Ma’dis, Lugwara,Acholi,Lango etc some of who are in Uganda army especially in the airforce, to retaliate in support of their relatives in South Sudan.Also the same applies to Ethiopia, where Nuers, Anyuak do exist in that country. International community including Troika must arrest Museveni of Uganda. He is a menus !

  • What are you waiting Spla io. all the time the regime forces attack you. Go offensive to their positions also.

  • President M7 should reorganise his faculties, its time he focused on development of the poor Pearl of Africa than dragging her to wars that are not hers! How does Museveni want to achieve a middle income any time in the near future with this barbaric behavior?

  • Uganda president is now officially the head of republic of South Sudan.

  • Santino deng
    July 23, 2017 1:39 am

    Mouth fighting

  • Larije Goloko
    July 23, 2017 3:44 am

    What’s museveni has doing the people of Uganda will pay for it no government position is prominent kiir and museveni time will come they will be answerable for it

  • This is very naïve of spla-io spokesman. A brigadier who can’t differentiate between a fighter jet and an mi attack helicopter. How did it enter southern Sudanese airspace. Secondly attack helicopter’s have capability of obliterating the so called zu-23aac.that’s the primary role of every fighter pilot.brigadier is reasoning like a corporal. Package youvery well spla-io spokesman

  • David KOLORINA
    August 12, 2017 2:17 am

    M7 is just a stupid human being. A country cannot fight a country. One day things shall change against u with your people of Nyankole. U hate the people of northern Uganda. You hate the Acholis of south Sudan and you instructed Kirr to remove them. Kirr used to be a man of God, but these days you have spoiled him of your chronic advises. You have spoiled East Africa BT installing tribalism and wanting to lead for 50yrs. You r currently inciting violence in northern Uganda, you want to grave the Acholis land by force. To be used by Madvahni so that you get big share. You r a Devi’s of the sea. ‘Leave south Sudan alone’

  • Thank you for the terrific article


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