South Su­dan rebel leader and son killed

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LEAD­ING South Su­danese rebel com­man­der Gabriel Tanginye has been killed fol­low­ing a heated ar­gu­ment be­tween op­po­si­tion groups over the ob­jec­tives of the armed strug­gle in the world’s new­est coun­try – and com­pet­ing al­le­giances.

The Su­dan Tribune re­ported that Tanginye was killed last week dur­ing a clash.

The skir­mish also claimed the lives of more than 20 oth­ers amid dis­puted cir­cum­stances as to what ex­actly took place.

Mil­i­tary spokes­men rep­re­sent­ing two rebel lead­ers, Lam Akol and Riek Machar, con­firmed his death.

Tanginye with­drew his sup­port for Dr Riek Machar’s Su­dan Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army In Op­po­si­tion, opt­ing to re­main one of the hold­out rebel com­man­ders on the South Su­dan-Su­dan bor­der when the con­flict re­sumed in 2013.

He also failed to re­turn to the cap­i­tal Juba with Machar after the Au­gust 2015 peace agree­ment had been signed.

Some re­ports say that he later joined Akol’s forces, although other re­ports re­fute this, say­ing he was only in the area un­der the con­trol of Akol’s com­man­der, Yo­ha­nis Okech.

Okech’s head­quar­ters came un­der at­tack last Wed­nes­day by a group al­lied to Machar, which re­sulted in the clash lead­ing to the loss of lives, in­clud­ing Tanginye and his son.

The clash was re­port­edly a re­sult of an in­ter­nal con­flict be­tween Okich and Johnson Olony, the com­man­der al­lied to Riek Machar forces in the area.

Po­lit­i­cal ten­sions con­tinue to di­vide South Su­dan Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir’s Su­dan Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Move­ment party as well. – ANA

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