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20 Soldiers killed In Clashes In South Sudan // 20 Soldats Tués Lors D’Affrontements Au Sud-Soudan

20 Soldiers killed In Clashes In South Sudan  //  20 Soldats Tués Lors D’Affrontements Au Sud-Soudan
October 27
03:34 2014





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South Sudan army said on Sunday at least 20 soldiers were killed in clashes with armed herdsmen at Buhairat State on Friday.

“A group of armed herdsmen on Friday attacked a force belonging to the army at an area some 40 miles from Rumbaik, the capital city of Buhairat State,” South Sudan’s army spokesman Philip Aguer told Xinhua by phone Sunday.

“We do not know the reason, but what we hear from our field officers is that over 20 soldiers, including an officer, were killed,” he said.

The spokesman said that South Sudan is witnessing relevant calm in recent days, but he still acknowledged limited clashes in western Upper Nile State. “The rebel forces, led by Riek Machar, are attacking areas at western Upper Nile State and South Sudan army is responding in self-defense.”

South Sudan has been witnessing violent armed clashes between the government army and defectors loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar since mid-December last year.

The clashes have left thousands of South Sudanese dead, forcing around 1.8 million people to flee homes in the world’s youngest nation.

FRENCH VERSION

Armée du Sud-Soudan a déclaré dimanche au moins 20 soldats ont été tués lors d’affrontements avec des éleveurs armés à Buhairat État vendredi.

« Un groupe de bergers armés vendredi attaqué une force appartenant à l’armée dans une zone de quelque 40 milles de Rumbaik, la capitale de l’état de Buhairat, » Philip Aguer, porte-parole de l’armée du Sud-Soudan a déclaré à Xinhua par téléphone dimanche.

« Nous ne savons pas la raison, mais ce que nous entendons de nos officiers de champ, c’est que plus de 20 soldats, dont un officier, ont été tués, » dit-il.

Le porte-parole a déclaré que le Sud-Soudan est témoin pertinent calme ces derniers jours, mais il a toujours reconnu les affrontements limités dans l’ouest dans l’état du Nil. « Les forces rebelles, dirigés par Riek Machar, ont attaqué des zones à l’ouest dans l’état du Nil et armée du Sud-Soudan réagit en légitime défense. »

Sud-Soudan a été témoin de violents affrontements armés entre l’armée gouvernementale et les transfuges loyales à l’ancien vice-président Riek Machar depuis la mi-décembre, l’an dernier.

Les affrontements ont fait des milliers de soudanais du Sud morts, forçant environ 1,8 millions de personnes à fuir dans les plus jeune nation du monde.


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