Yei, 09-Nov.2017; Thearmed opposition SPLA-IO under the deposited leader Riek Machar has announced on Thursday that it has seized two strategicplaces in Central and Eastern Equatoriastates.
The military deputy spokesperson said in statement extended to SSLN, "The SPLA- IO joined operation of brigade 2 and 5 (division 2B) under the joint command of Brig. Gen. Ramadan and Clement launched an offensive against the government forces in Ombachi(Yei River state) on 02/ 11/2017" partly read the statement.
According to Col Lam Gabriel, the fight lasted for almost a week when the government forces finally got defeated and ran to Yei for safety leaving behind several mass graves. He added that, "The SPLA- IO is currently in full control of Ombachi located in Yei, and further said civilians are coming back to reclaim their items forcefully taken from them by government forces sometimes back".
Col Lam said in related development their forces in Kapoeta under the command of Gen Abdella LokenoAngelo, on 6 November killed 50 government forces and injured dozen others during the fight to control New site. "On a second note, the SPLA -IO forces under the command of Gen. Abdalla LokenoAngelo attacked and took full control of New Site (Namurunyang State) on 6/11/2017; killing more than 50 government soldiers and injuring several others. The remaining soldiers ran in disarray and are still being picked one at a time by our forces. Our gallant force destroyed 1 ZPU-2 14.5MM AA and captured 4 PKMs, 3 RPGs and 40 Ak47.
However, SSLN cannot independently verify the statement issued by deputy military spokesperson of SPLA-IO.