Monday December 11, 2017

‘Sudanese’ planes seen hovering over Nasir, causing panic.


NASIR – Three fighter jets believed to be belonging to the neighbouring Sudan were seen hovering over the Upper Nile State town of Nasir causing fear among the residents on Thursday afternoon.
The planes of Antonov type, an aircraft only owned by Sudan in the entire region were seen coming in the direction of the Northern part of the town flying side by side. Local residents had to flew for cover as panics and shivers engulfed the entire area. The planes stopped for 5 mins in the directio of Wiyar Adiu, a military base of the Juba faction of the South Sudan conflict. Soldiers had to run to the trenches in fear of bombings. The two planes then shortly left and flew back towards the north.
Sudanese warplanes was accused of carrying out aerial attacks on South Sudanese territories. A week ago, the South Sudanese county of Maban was bombed by planes believed to be those of Sudan killing two and injuring 7. Two weeks earlier, severe bombing hit Raja county of Northern Bhar El Ghazal killing 35 people. Sudan however denied having any responsibility on these bombings.
South Sudan lacks radar detecting systems to intercept planes violating its air space. Intruder planes enter South Sudan at will.



Philip Gual

An Upper Nile State correspondent for The Upper Nile Times. He currently resides in Malakal, Upper Nile State.

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