RENK – South Sudan’s armed opposition overran a major strategic town in the Northern Upper Nile State according to the government army based in the main town of Renk. The skirmish happened yesterday when the opposition group lead by a notorious General Johnson Olony attacked government garrisons near Kwet and forced them to flee to Kwek. Gen Johnson Olony’s army decided to pursue the runaway soldiers and ended in the town of Kwek.
IO DECLARED THAT CAPTURE OF KUET
‘”Yesterday on Sunday June 11, 2017, following their attack on our positions at Kola on June 09, 2017, the Juba‘s regime soldiers again attacked our SPLA-IO positions west of Kuek.
In response to these attacks, the gallant SPLA-IO forces of Sector One under the overall command of Lt. General Johnson Olony pursued the aggressors to the heart of Kuek, hence capturing and taking full control of the town itself.” – Brig General Gatjiath said on a statement extended to the Upper Nile Times
Brig General Gatjiath also alleged that his “SPLA-IO forces killed more than one-hundred and thirty four (134) regime’s soldiers and captured many more, along with three (3) tanks, two (2) T-55, one (1) T-72, three (3) military land cruisers mounted with 12.7 AA heavy machine guns, 15 RPGs, fifty (50) PKM, one (1) 82mm, two hundred (200) AK-47 and one (1) radio device, all in very good condition”
GOVERNMENT FORCES ADMIT THE CAPTURE OF KWEK
The government forces in Renk admitted that the strategic town of Kuek fall in the hands of the opposition but denied the numbers of the people killed as proclaimed by the opposition.
“Yes our forces withdrew. we decided that its important to leave the town because we were not the attackers. they were the one who attacked us. our forces left before the attack to the other side of Kwek because we knew they were coming. the little number of the ground troops we left in Kwek were the one facing the marauding opposition forces. not many had died as proclaimed by the rebels. it was an strategic withdrawal and minimal loss were expected” – Col Mawut, a senior government soldiers in Renk said.
THE UPPER NILE TIMES