Juba, Sept 24,2016; Heavy fighting has taken place in Keni junction Lainya County. According to the source from within the SPLA-IO, government forces have been beefing up their presence at keni and Kala junction with heavy weaponry planning to execute their plan to attack the SPLA-IO bases. This came after the SPLA-IG spokesperson James Rui Koang has declared victory over the armed opposition forces, Bridger Rui Koang said government forces have defeated the rebel forces in central Equatoria State, he said the Dinka centric forces have pushed and cornered the rebels to the border of Democratic Republic of Congo.
But the representative of SPLA, who has just returned from front line in Keni, refuted the version of Rui Koang, he said their forces (SPLA-IO) have mounted assault on government forces who have been beefing up their presence in the area to launch attacks on the position of armed opposition forces. “ we have registered victory over them, and we have defeated the enemies of peace and the war monger soldiers of president Salva Kiir in day broad light” said the unnamed representative of SPLA-IO who asked for his identity to be concealed because he was not authorized to speak about the subject.
According to the informant, the rebel forces came in the morning of Friday and stormed the base of the government after intercepting reports that the government forces were planning imminent attack on SPLA-IO position in Lainya County.
The same rebel representative said all the roads leading to Lainya and Lainya trading center have been under the forces of SPLA-IO, he added they have successful managed to cut off Lainya-Juba road, and Lainya –Kajo-keji road and Kajo-keji- Juba road. He said they have benefited from all the available resources left behind by the running soldiers of Salva Kiir, according to rebel official they have seized many guns including RPG, heavy machine guns and have destroyed several military pick-up trucks mounted with heavy machine guns.
Many civilians have since been trapped in Lainya, and government forces in avenge have decided to executed many civilian in Kupere and other Payam in Lainya County.