US reporter among ‘19 killed in South Sudan fighting’
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.