Sunday December 10, 2017

South Sudanese soldier gunned down after killing an Ethiopian soldier in Gambella, Ethiopia

Ethiopian army at a training FILE PHOTO


GAMBELLA, E – A dangerously armed SPLA (Sudan People’s Liberation Army) soldier was yesterday killed in the Ethiopian region of Gambella after attempting to enter a government building with a gun and bombs loaded in a bag.
The soldier who was believed to have come from Pochalla, a South Sudanese town near Punyido in Gog Woreda refused to be checked before entering the building. He refused to cooperate and instead took his gun out of the bag and shot dead one standing Ethiopian special army officer. The SPLA officer tried to run off before he was shot in a close range by an EPRDF (Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary and Democratic Front) officer who was in the proximity of the building. 
In the South Sudanese soldier’s bag, 8 hand grenades were found along with an AK-47 rifle. According to some graphic images obtained by the Upper Nile Times, the dead soldier can be traced as belonging to one of the Ethnic groups of Jonglei State with traditional marks resembling those used in Greater Bor area of the State. 
Ethiopian armed forces (EPRDF) have since yesterday began to carryout an extensive search around the city and surrounding areas, possibly to locate any armed soldiers whom might have perhaps accompanied the dead SPLA soldier. 
South Sudan dived into a deadly crisis since december last year when a dispute within the country’s presidential guard unit pitted two of the country’s biggest tribes against each other. The crisis initially started as a political disagreement within the ruling SPLM party. The problem then escalated to other States with sporadic revenges along tribal lines. 
According the UN reports, more than 10,000 were killed since the conflict began with more than a million internally and externally displaced. Presently, 3.7 million are at risk of starvation. 
There is an ongoing effort by IGAD countries to bring the two warring factions to some sort of agreement. The talks have stalled so far with the government side insisting on excluding former 7 detainees from the talks. 
The Upper Nile Times
Tekle Mariam

A Senior news correspondent for The Upper Nile Times based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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