South Sudan’s armed forces during the country's Independence proclamation in Juba last year [©Gurtong/Waakhe Wudu]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 18th April 2012 [Gurtong]
“SPLA clashed with SAF in Kerr Adem, an area estimated to be 40 kilometres deep into Northern Bahr El Ghazal State (NBGS) away from the Sudanese border region of Mariam Payam in Southern Kordafan,” Brig. Gen. Malaak Ayeun, the SPLA Director for Information and Public Relations told Gurtong.
“This led to a fight where SPLA lost seven soldiers and 20 were wounded, SAF lost 15 men,” said Gen. Ayeun. However Gurtong couldn’t verify the said atrocities.
Kerr Adem is one of the places in NBGS including Raja County, Kafia Kinji illegally occupied by SAF during the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) period according to SPLA officials.
This latest toll follows the 259 killed soldiers reported by SPLA recently in the ongoing incursion.
The SPLA Spokesperson Col. Philip Aguer yesterday warned of expected clashes between the SAF and SPLA in Western Bahr El Ghazal.
This latest clashes follows the resolution by Sudanese parliament last Monday branding the South Sudan’s government her “enemy” and vows to liberate her alleged regions recaptured by the SPLA in recent days.
The United Nations meanwhile has called for ceasefire between the two forces as fighting intensified since last week where a UN coordinating office was struck by aerial bomb in Unity State.