South Sudan army recaptured Bor, the capital of Jonglei state on Tuesday which was seized by forces loyal to Maj-Gen Peter Gadet last week, the military’s spokesperson said on Tuesday.
Philip Aguer described the South Sudanese army’s (SPLA) mission to Jonglei as a “rescue assault” in order to free the thousands of people who have been forced to flee the area or seek hostage inside the UN base there.
Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, has been occupied by forces loyal to Gadet since Wednesday. Gadet was a commander in charge of the SPLA’s 8th Division in Jonglei state, which was is tasked with fighting a rebellion in the Jonglei’s Pibor County.
It is reported that Gadet broke away from the national army because of allegations that his tribe, the Nuer, were targeted in Juba fighting at the beginning of last week.
The government claimed that former Vice President Riek Machar, tried to stage a coup to oust President Kiir, in collaboration with 12 other senior figures from the ruling SPLM who have become critical of Kiir’s “dictatorial” tendencies.