Tension high in Mayom County as government dispatch forces
Tension remained high in Mayom County for the better part of Friday following the brutal killing of 12 people including a local Commissioner.
Commissioner Chuol Gatluak Manime was among the people killed following a dawn attack by rebel forces.
Chuol is the brother of Tut Gatluak Manime, Presidential Advisor on National Security Affairs.
The commissioner was ambushed and killed at his residence by rebels in a retaliatory attack orchestrated by the leader of SSPM Stephen Buay Rolnyang.
The rebels claimed in a statement that they attacked in retaliation following the alleged killing of their soldier by the SSPDF.
The exact number of people killed is yet to be established as reports of displacement of people are filtering in.
Rolnyang in the statement ordered his forces to tactically withdraw from Mayom town to villages to reorganize themselves for further attacks in Upper Nile, Unity State, Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal.
“As part of our rule of engagement, the SSPM/SSPA shall be committed to minimising unnecessary suffering of civilians and other non-combatants including religious people, correspondents, local and international NGOs and foreign nationals,” he continued.
The government has since dispatched forces to the area to pursue the attackers, according to Radio Miraya.