Government forces suffer crashing blow in hands of SPLA-IO & White Army in Jonglei fighting
25, February 2017 (Nyamilepedia) — Government forces loyal to President Silva Kiir have been forced to retreat in the face of fierce and heavy attack by SPLM-IO and White Army in the areas of Nyakhor and Pulchuol as new battles intensify across South Sudan’s Jonglei state.
According to a spokesperson of the White Army, government forces have been beaten back badly in what he described as a crashing blow t the regime forces after trying to attack areas controlled by the armed opposition.
“we gave to them a good lesson…..they (Mathiang Anyor (Name given to Dinka tribal fighters loyal to President Salva Kiir)…they will not forget it what happened here today” said a White Army fighter who said he was involved directly in the attack
The White Army Bunom said forces loyal to Kiir were being pushed as they fled the battle field in disarray.
The White army accused the regime in Juba of continuing to use Sudanese rebels from Darfur JEM rebels in attacks against armed opposition stronghold, adding that the JEM rebels suffered countless death in the hands of the armed opposition fighters.
Fighting started when government forces loyal to President Kiir launched a heavy attack on the areas of Nyakhor and Pulchuol capturing the two areas, however, that trigger a heavy response from a combined force of the SPLM-IO and the White Army who are local fighters from the Lou Nuer.
The SPLM-IO and the White Army in heavy retaliation, commanded by Gen. Wal Nyak, the commander of division 8 of the SPLM-IO, overrun the two areas pushing government soldiers from both towns.
In the battle which lasted over 2 hours left countless government militias known as Mathiang Anyor dead according to eye witnesses who described the fighting as a crashing blow to forces loyal to Salva Kiir, while the combined force continued to pursue them towards the bush according to rebel sources present at the area of fighting.
“What happened there to them…..( Mathiang Anyor) of Salva Kiir, only God and those you witness it can say it, bodies lie everywhere, the run into the bush in different directions…” said the eye witness who did not want to give his name during the communication
Government forces are said to have now retreated toward Ruplia and tangyang, while others have fled in disarray into the bushes of Pulchuol.
The spokesperson says 4 Land Cruisers have been destroyed and left behind by flee regime soldiers, also one small Tank known as (Wulit) has been destroyed.
Nyamilepedia continues to monitor the situation from the battle field by the time of publishing this article. A rebel fighter said their forces were still pursuing the government forces towards the main town.