US re­porter among ‘19 killed in South Su­dan fight­ing’

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

A US cit­i­zen work­ing in South Su­dan as a free­lance jour­nal­ist was among 19 peo­ple killed on Satur­day dur­ing fight­ing be­tween gov­ern­ment troops and rebels in Yei River state, the rebels and the mil­i­tary said.

Christo­pher Allen, who worked for var­i­ous news out­lets, was killed in heavy fight­ing in the town of Kaya.

South Su­dan has been con­vulsed by con­flict since late 2013, pit­ting Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir’s troops against those of rebel leader Riek Machar.

“On the ground, about 16 [bod­ies] have been found around the de­fen­sive po­si­tion of the SPLA, in­clud­ing this white man,” Santo Domic Chol, a mil­i­tary spokesman said, adding three gov­ern­ment sol­diers were also killed.

The rebels said he had been embed­ded with them for the past week. “We’re sad for his fam­ily. He came here to tell our story,” one rebel who knew Allen said, adding Allen was in the mid­dle of the fight­ing and wore a jacket marked PRESS.

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