Five SPLA-IO soldiers killed; cantonment deserted in Eastern Equatoria

SPLA- IO Cantonment area attacked in Eastern Equatoria on Monday, March 22, 2021

Sudan People Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) has reported that five of its soldiers were killed, houses burnt in Lowareng cantonment area on Monday.

Attackers described as “Unknown gunmen” who open fire on soldiers with motive remain unclear.

SPLA-IO deputy Military Spokesperson, who is also the Press Secretary for the Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs, Col: Lam Paul Gabriel, said among those killed include Brigadier general and one woman.

He said attackers have not yet identified, but a committee from Joint Defense Board (JDB) will travel to the Cantonment site to investigate, and perpetrators will be accountable.

“Yesterday in the morning hours, we received a phone call from Kapoeta, and we got the information that the cantonment site of Lowareng was attacked. We lost about five soldiers include a woman and the commander of the Lowareng cantonment site”, Col: Lam said.

The military official claimed that delay in the graduation of the unified forces should not be used to attack a base of the forces to the peace agreement.

Lam said parties are making progress in reorganizing the forces for necessary graduation.

“The committee was given seven days to complete their task, which is going to do with the formation of all the reunification of the highest command,” Lam said.

Kapoeta South County Commissioner Angelo Lominit said his administration visited the scenes to get precise information. 

“We went to the ground at 2:00 pm, we got five people, including one woman dead. We got two houses burnt totally without anything. And the barrack deserted, nobody, even one person no! the criminals went no one arrested”

The Commissioner said this incident happened for the first time since SPLA.IO cantonment areas were established in Eastern Equatoria as part of a security arrangement according to the peace deal.

Several reports indicated the necessary unification forces deserting training camps due to the delay of their graduation. The Peace Monitors described the condition soldiers undergone as “unbearable” due to lack of food, shelters, and medicines.

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