South Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) has captured a total of eight significant rebel soldiers in a latest encounter.
SPLA spokesman, Col. Philip Aguer, said yesterday that the 8 rebel soldiers of Dau Aturjong were captured in Nyinboli area of Northern Bahr el Ghazal.
They are; Captain Deng Bol, 1st LT Malith Yel Malith, 2nd LT Mou Garang Diing, Sgt Major Kerubino Mariik, Sgt Major Santino Dhol Deng, Corporal Peter Gai Akot, Private Samuel Akot Dut and Private Wol Wol Gar.
Aguer told Talk of Juba that government troops were still pursuing the rebels denying claims by rebels that they have captured areas in Northern Bahr el Ghazal.
Also yesterday, SPLA captured Panakuach town in Unity state from the rebels.
Aguer said the town is important because it is close to Sudan.
He added that fighting was reported in the area yesterday morning.
“Now the control over Panakuach has put an end to the rebels’ claims that they are controlling some parts of oil fields because Panakuach is the last point toward the border with the Republic of the Sudan,” Col Aguer said.
The Spokesperson of the SPLM- IN – Opposition, Dickson Galuak, confirmed to Eye Radio that the area has been taken from them by the SPLM-North.
He says the government did not take over the area.