A military police patrol team fell into an ambush in Mundri West County of Western Equatoria State on Wednesday morning.
Authorities in Mundri told Radio Miraya the incident occurred at 8 o’clock in the morning when two army vehicles were intercepted by gunmen in Guli Boma, 7 kilometers from Mundri town.
Mundri West County commissioner, Hassan Bakheit, told the UN radio up to 9 SPLA soldiers were killed and 7 others injured.
Bakheit said many people are reported to have fled the town.
Clashes displace 700 people
Meanwhile, at least 700 households are stranded in the bushes following skirmishes that broke out in Wonduruba Payam of Lainya County in Central Equatoria.
The population fled their homes after the clashes that broke out last week.
The affected communities say they are exposed to rain, diseases and lack food.
However, SPLA spokesperson Col Philip Aguer denied reports of clashes between government troops and SPLA-IO fighters in Wunduruba area in South Sudan’s Central Equatoria State on Sunday.
Aguer told Radio Tamazuj that the clashes were between the SPLA and a criminal group linked to the Lord’s Resistance Army.
He further said the clashes erupted again on Monday morning and that the SPLA managed to recover two vehicles stolen from citizens by the criminal group along the Maridi road.
He said SPLA forces are still pursuing the LRA group along the Central Equatoria-Western Equatoria borders.
“They behave as if they are terrorists. They are linked to the LRA because they attack innocent civilians and they kill women and children,” he said.
SPLM/A-IO forces claimed that clashes erupted between them and Salva Kiir’s forces in the Wunduruba area.
Separately, Central Equatoria Caretaker Governor Juma Ali Malou said his government dispatched a convoy to distribute humanitarian assistance to hundreds of people who fled the Wunduruba area toward Lainya County.
Juma made the announcement while swearing in six newly appointed county commissioners at the state secretariat on Monday.