SPLM-N rebel group release nine SAF prisoners of war to Sudanese gov’t
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army–North (SPLM/A-N) has freed nine members of the Sudan Army Force (SAF).
The rebel group, led by Abdal Aziz al-Hilu on Thursday handed the prisoners of war to the government of South Sudan and will then facilitate their return to Khartoum.
The abductees were received by Presidential and Security Advisor Tut Gatluak.
Gatluak is also the Chief mediator of Sudanese peace talks.
Amar Amon Daldom, Secretary of SSPM/A-N said the detainees were arrested for illegally entering into the rebel-controlled area in Nuba Mountain about a month ago.
“We have handed over these soldiers to the government of South Sudan because we do not have direct communication with Sudan,” he told reporters on October 13.
“The government of South Sudan will facilitate their handing over Sudan,” Daldom added.
This is the third time that the group are releasing the soldiers of the Sudan government solder to accept captured in their territory.
In June 2016, released 126 prisoners of war to the government of Sudan, through ICRC- to the government of Uganda.
In 2011 they released four soldiers to Khartoum.