Ugandan forces kill South Sudanese soldiers at disputed border area

Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers ride atop their military truck enroute to evacuate their citizens following recent fighting in Juba at Nimule town along the South Sudan and Uganda border, July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Anthony Nambwaya

At least four South Sudanese soldiers were killed by their counterparts from neighbouring Uganda over the weekend, a military spokesman said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson for the South Sudan Defence Forces (SSPDF) Lul Ruia Koang, said the incident between SSPDF forces and the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) happened on Sunday after the two sides exchanged fire at a contested border area in the southern part of the country.

“UPDF soldiers opened fire on our soldiers in Buya and as a result, they killed four on the spot and wounded another,” the spokesperson said.

The disputed area is claimed by communities of Kajo-Keji county of Central Equatorial state in South Sudan and their neighbours from Yumbe district of Uganda.

Koang said the SSPDF soldiers were conducting foot patrol to enforce cross-border movement restrictions at the time of the clash.

However, “calm has since returned to the region after the two governments agreed to investigate the cause of the fighting,” he added.


Olajumoke Adeleke