South Sudan: 4 killed in skirmish near Ugandan border

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Four soldiers have been killed in a clash near the shared border between South Sudan and Uganda with both countries losing two soldiers each.

Authorities in South Sudan say a heavily armed unit of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces entered into South Sudanese territory prior to the skirmish and captured one South Sudanese soldier. However, reports from Ugandan authorities insist the incident took place within its own border and deny loss of any lives on the side of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces.

Mixed reports on South Sudanese-Ugandan clash

According to VOA, spokesman for the South Sudan People’s Defense Force, Major General Lul Ruai Koang, detailed the loss of four lives during an armed conflict between the South Sudanese and Uganda armed forces – inside South Sudanese territory – with both sides suffering two casualties each.

However, the publication reports that Ugandan deputy defence spokesperson Lieutenant, Colonel Deo Akiiki, offered a different version of events. According to VOA, Akiiki acknowledges that two soldiers from the South Sudan People’s Defense Force were killed but insists the conflict took place within Ugandan territory and denies that his country’s forces lost any lives in the clash.

The incident follows a similar clash in June, between Ugandan and South Sudanese forces, in a disputed border area within South Sudan’s Kajokeji County of Central Equatoria state. Four South Sudanese soldiers were killed in that incident and tensions between the two countries’ armed forces remain high.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.