Gunmen on Thursday ambushed and shot dead 10 SPLA soldiers near Wau in Western Bahr el Ghazal State of the warring South Sudan.
According to Radio Tamazuj, a three-vehicle SPLA convoy was ambushed in a remote village about 20 km away from the state capital Wau by suspected rebel fighters.
The attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades, detonated improvised explosive devices and peppered the trucks with machine guns destroying one truck and killing 10 soldiers.
They then retreated to Farajallah area.
Following the incident, SPLA launched an operation in Western Bahr el Ghazal to seek and eliminate the militants.
The operation involves hundreds of soldiers (from SPLA Elephant Division) on foot with the support of tanks in the remote mountainous forests close to the border with the neighboring state of Western Equatoria.
According to the June 5, 2015, Conflict situation overview report, fighting between SPLA-Juba and SPLA-IO continued in Unity State and between clans in Rumbek East County as well as elsewhere in Lakes State.
A group of NGO workers were ambushed in Tonj South County of Warrap State.
Several people were killed in incidents in Jur River County of Western Bahr al Ghazal State including in a reported cattle raid, and group of SPLA soldiers were ambushed by suspected insurgents in Wau County.
Casualties in Lakes State have been particularly high.
An armed group that briefly overran the Bazia outpost in Wau County on 31 May withdrew from the village.
Fighting between the Wau County insurgents and SPLA-Juba has been limited and fairly low-scale.