SSDF and SSLA Forces Captured three SPLA's barracks in Maban
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SSDF and SSLA Joint Command, Maban, South Sudan
April, 17, 2012
The gallant forces of South Sudan Defense Forces (SSDF) and South Sudan
Liberation Army (SSLA) today attacked three outposts of SPLA and captured them
at 11:30 am, April, 17, 2012. The Joint Forces of SSDF and SSLA were commanded
by veteran fighter, Lt. Gen. Gordon Koang Chol, who was member of SPLM/A
Political Military High Command in 1980s. Lt. Gen. Gordon Koang, along with Dr.
Riek Machar, staged a coup against the leadership of John Garang in Nasir in
1991 and was number three in the SPLM/A-United faction.
The revolutionary forces captured twelve SPLA soldiers including one Major
called Peter Deng Awan from Warrap. They also captured one Toyota Land cruiser;
destroyed one T-72 tank; captured 23 PKM machine guns, 42 AK-47s; four RPG-7;
one B-10; two 12.5 mm and five mortars. Lt. Gen. Gordon Koang said the
revolutionary forces will advance to Maban town on Tuesday onwards.
The SSDF and SSLA call upon UNHCR to immediately evacuate refugees from Blue
Nile who are in Maban town. Our forces are only 35 KM away from where the
refugee camp is located. For their safety, the UNHCR must immediately instruct
refugees to go to Ethiopian border which is only five hours walk. The SPLA
forces in Maban surrounded the refugees and want to use them as human shields
in violation of international laws. We therefore advise the UNMISS to evacuate
refugees as soon as possible before Thursday, April, 19, 2012.
We call upon civilians in Malakal to evacuate the town before our forces arrive
because SPLA forces intermingle with civilians in the town making it difficult
to avoid civilian casualties in the crossfire. It is extremely important for
NGOs, civilians and UN personnel to make immediate arrangements to leave
Malakal before May.
SSDF and SSLA Joint Command
Maban, Upper Nile State