Machar, Kiir trade blame over new fighting


Forces allied to South Sudan president Salva Kiir and those allied to his deputy Riek Machar are once more locked in counter accusations over fresh attacks.

On Friday, armed men attacked civilians in Unity state counties of Mayom and Rubkotna killing 11 people.

The commissioner of Mayom county, John Bol Mayak told Sudan Tribune that opposition offices raided nearly 2000 herds of cattle in Bilthiang, a village south-east of Mayom county.

The armed group armed with propeller guns and other heavy weapons was reportedly commanded by Peter Tang, the opposition-appointed commissioner of Rubkotna.

Seven of the bodies were those of members of SPLA-IO and five others were from the government side.

Five other soldiers were under treatment at Mayom hospital.

However, the press secretary for the opposition-appointed governor of Unity state, Weirial Puok Baluang instead accused government of violating the peace agreement allegedly by attacking civilians.

He told Tribune the heavy armed government troops from Mayom county had launched heavy attacks and killed five civilians.

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