South Sudan army denies shooting UN soldiers in Malakal

South Sudan army rejects report by UNMISS concerning deaths of UN soldiers in Malakal

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A report by the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) that Juba soldiers fired at UN peacekeeping mission troops in Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile state, has been dismissed as “lie” by the South Sudanese army (SPLA)

According to the UN, one of its peacekeepers was wounded in the oil-rich Upper Nile state’s capital, Malakal, when SPLA soldiers fired at its civilian protection site on Thursday.

“The mission is deeply concerned that despite reassurances given by both parties, such an incident occurred this afternoon and reiterates its strong call upon all the parties to respect the sanctity of UN installations and staff,” Stephane Dujarric, a UN spokesman, revealed in New York.

However the report was not accepted by the SPLA and dismissed as “lie” by SPLA spokesman, Colonel Philip Aguer.

“It [the alleged wounding of UN soldier] was later discovered to be a lie,” said Aguer, speaking to the Sudan Tribune by phone.

“It [the shooting] was not near the UNMISS camp. It was inside Malakal town,” he said.

Aguer claimed that nobody was injured in Malakal town among the soldiers or civilians there.

There are 30,410 civilians in Malakal’s UN protected civilians sites (PoCs) according to UNMISS.

TRTWorld and agencies