PRES­I­DENT SAYS TROOPS RE­TAKE KEY TOWN

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

South Su­dan Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir said on Tues­day that govern­ment troops have taken con­trol of the Jon­glei state cap­i­tal, Bor, a key town that rebels loyal to for­mer-vice pres­i­dent Riek Machar seized last week.

“Forces loyal to the govern­ment have taken Bor and (are) now clear­ing what­ever forces that are re­main­ing there,” Kiir told jour­nal­ists at his of­fice in Juba.

Most fight­ing has in­volved Dinka and Nuer fac­tions of the Su­dan Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army, with mili­tias and ma­raud­ing youths also re­ported to be at­tack­ing ri­val eth­nic groups. Kiir, a Dinka, and Machar, a Nuer, both have said the con­flict is po­lit­i­cal, not tribal.

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