JUBA, 24 March 2021 – Six soldiers, including a senior commander of South Sudan’s armed opposition SPLA-IO, were killed Monday in an attack by unknown gunmen on a base in Kapoeta South County.
The SPLA-IO Lowereng Cantonment site in the country’s Eastern Equatoria state which was targeted in the attack was also burned down by the assailants.
The base commander was killed along with five other soldiers, according to Colonel Lam Paul Gabriel, the deputy SPLA-IO spokesperson, and press secretary for the minister of defense.
Speaking to the press from Juba where he is based, Lam said the attack is a gross violation of the permanent ceasefire agreement.
Lam called for an investigation into the attack by the Joint Defense Board while reiterating the commitment of the SPLA-IO to the revitalized peace agreement.