SSPDF/SPLM-IO joint aggression against civilians continue deep into Congo
Congolese authorities have arrested four SPLM-IO soldiers 3 kilometers deep inside Congo who were part of a joint Kiir’s SSPDF and Machar’s SPLM-IO offensive that plundered villages, torched huts, looted animals, food, and household property belonging to Congolese citizens and South Sudanese refugees.
According to a press release issued today September 12 by NAS Spokesman Suba Samuel, the enemy forces raided and terrorized the Congolese villages of Ukupadiku, Alekate and Udukuny located more than 3 kilometers from the border.
“They burned more than thirty (30) grass thatched huts after looting and displacing South Sudanese civilians who have taken refugee along the DRC-Republic of South Sudan common border,” read the statement in part.
The statement also pointed out another incident where Kiir’s regime, in concert with Machar, continues to violate the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA).
“On 9th September 2020, the SSPDF and SPLA-IO carried out joint military attacks on NAS positions at Laiza and Agabe, Morobo County, Central Equatoria State. The enemy conducted two (2) deliberate attacks on NAS positions killing one soldier and wounding two others. The enemy was repulsed twice by gallant NAS combatants. Four (4) of the enemy soldiers were killed in action and several others wounded. Three (3) AK 47 rifles and one (1) RPG launcher were captured in good working condition.”
NAS reassures its members and the people of South Sudan that it shall stand resolute in adhering to its noble mandate of self-defense and of protecting the innocent civilian lives and their property.
NAS also reiterates its commitment to the Cessions of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) signed on 21st December 2017 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, and to the Rome Declaration signed on 20th January 2020 in Rome Italy, it reserves the right to self-defense, as it continues to uphold its commitment to protecting the innocent civilians and their property.