SPLA-IO denies capture of Owach by government troops

The SPLA-IO faction allied to former first vice president, Riek Machar,  denied government claims that its troops have captured Owach area after clashes on the west bank of River Nile in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state on Wednesday.

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Thursday, Col. William Gatjiath Deng, Military Spokesman of the SPLA-IO forces, said the government forces are not in Owach area. He claimed that the SPLA-IO forces are still controlling Owach.

“We fought with the government forces in Owach area on Wednesday, and we managed to repulse them, they went back to Lelo.The government claims are not true, our forces are still in Owach,” said Gatjiath.

Radio Tamazuj could not independently verify the claims.

Photo: SPLA soldiers in Upper Nile (Radio Tamazuj)