SPLA Warns Of High Tension Along Northern Boarders
The South Sudanese Army Spokesperson, Col. Philip Aguer has revealed to the media that there has been serious fighting between the South Sudanese forces and the Sudanese forces along the border and contested areas.
Col. Philip Aguer Panyang speaking to the media in Juba [File Photo]
By Lopu Moses
JUBA, 18th April 2012 [Gurtong]
He was speaking at the weekly media briefing in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting yesterday.
“The border is still fragile and tensions are still high,” he said.
According to him, elements in Khartoum have been bombing indiscriminately and have also been targeting the oil wells. At least one oil well is reported to have been bombed and that by the time of the press conference, it was still burning.
The forces are also believed to have opened other front lines around the border states and that the SAF had been repulsed from Kuek, an area in South Sudan.
Aguer said that the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) is prepared and that it is vigilant about the movement of Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) who are reported to be targeting Western Bahr-el-Ghazal State.
Aguer added that the SAF are planning to annex Sirakinji, an area in South Sudan but he assured the citizens of their readiness and ability to defend the South Sudanese people and their territories.
He further said that they are not ready to leave Heglig area unless Khartoum accepts certain conditions of which the Sudanese government had publicly objected.
At least seven people are reported to have been killed and several others wounded in the recent bombardments in South Sudan.
Aguer assured that they will not go past their current base but reiterated their commitment to defend and repulse SAF army whenever they attacked their base.