Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist killed in South Su­dan civil war cross­fire

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - NATION | WORLD - By Sam Mednick

JUBA, South Su­dan — An Amer­i­can has been killed in civil war-torn South Su­dan, the U.S. Em­bassy said Satur­day, while South Su­dan’s army and op­po­si­tion said the jour­nal­ist was caught in the fight­ing be­tween the two sides.

The em­bassy con­firmed the death of Christo­pher Allen and said his fam­ily had been no­ti­fied. His body was taken to the mil­i­tary hospi­tal in South Su­dan’s cap­i­tal, Juba.

South Su­dan army spokesman Col. Domic Chol Santo said that the man was killed Satur­day morn­ing when op­po­si­tion rebels at­tacked the town of Kaya near the bor­ders with Uganda and Congo.

He was “caught in the fight­ing” that also left 15 rebels dead, the army spokesman said.

Op­po­si­tion spokesman Wil­liam Gatjiath Deng said Allen and two other jour­nal­ists had spent two weeks with rebel forces in Bazi, near Kaya, and were in the bar­racks there when South Su­danese troops at­tacked.

Allen was shot dead, and two op­po­si­tion fight­ers were killed, Deng said. He said the other jour­nal­ists were still with op­po­si­tion forces Satur­day night and may have re­turned to Uganda.

South Su­dan’s civil war is well into its fourth year, with tens of thou­sands of peo­ple killed. The fight­ing, of­ten along eth­nic lines, de­fies peace deals and unilateral cease-fires.

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