SPLA-IO General: “Our Protection Unit Fought Unknown Gunmen”, Calm Returns
July 07, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– A military general of SPLA in Opposition blamed the “unknown gunmen” for attacking members of SPLA-IO protection unite last night at Gudele suburb in the capital, Juba.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the high military commander, admits that the situation remains tense in the capital although he believes that their soldiers killed only provocative “unknown gunmen”.
“How can you follow a small platoon of just ten men from behind and then you try to stop them again by force. This action by itself is intimidating and provocative”. The general said.
“Our protection unite carried food for their fellows who sleep at the office of the First Vice President. They did not expect to be treated like thieves. If they stopped here and something happened to them, these people calling themselves the SPLA now would have called themselves “unknown gunmen”. Now we know who the actual unknown gunmen are. We cannot be intimidated in the name of peace” He continued.
Asked of how many people died on their side, the general hesitated but said two of their soldiers sustained light injuries and said that their soldiers killed at least 5 unknown gunmen.
“Yes, there were casualties. 5 unknown gunmen were accidentally killed in self-defense. Two of our gallant forces sustained light injuries”.
According to the officer, SPLA [IG] account of that was narrated earlier by Lul Ruai Kong was not correct. The officer denied any knowledge of checkpoints other than the check-point that are to be guarded by the joint integrated unite.
“That is not true. There are no check-points for SPLA-IG or SPLA-IO. All the check points are to be guarded by the Joint Integrated Unit that compromises of police from the two sides, not just one side.” he said.
According to earlier reports, the military spokesman of SPLA, Brig. Lul Ruai Koang, blamed the SPLA-IO for attacking their forces at Gudele Check point, a report that was denied by James Gatdet Dak, The Press Secretary of Dr. Machar.
“SPLA forces attacked our soldiers from the protection unit who were traveling in a vehicle on Gudele road in the town.” Gatdet said.
In his latest update, Gatdet assured that the two principles, Dr. Riek Machar and Salva Kiir have called for calm and have the public that they will restrain their forces.
“Calm has returned to the capital, Juba. The two Commanders-in-Chief, His Excellency President Salva Kiir and His Excellency First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar, have called for calm and vowed to restraint their respective forces.” Gatdet.
South Sudan would be celebrating its 5th independent anniversary tomorrow, however, due to lack of fund, the young nation has stayed celebrations until further notice.