UPDF shot dead four soldiers of the South Sudan people defence forces.
Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) shot dead four soldiers of the South Sudan people defence forces, formerly Sudan people’s liberation army on Sunday. The crash happened at Maru Village, Kochi Sub County in Yumbe District in northern Uganda.
Mr Yusuf Taban the area LC1 chairman said the South Sudan soldiers had started raiding villages on May 20 in an attempt to loot the resident’s household property and animals.
Taban said the South Sudan soldiers had raided his village and took 10 litres of oil and power saw and they returned the next day asking the residents to vacate the village saying it belongs to South Sudan.
“Following the public uproar, the UPDF soldiers at Goboro detach went for patrol at Fitinambaya trading centre in Maru village on May 30 and that resulted into the clash,” Yusuf said.
The South Sudan soldiers had put up a detach near a trading centre called Fitinambaya on a side of south Sudan posing a threat to residents on Ugandan’s side. The Yumbe Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Richard Andama said the armed South Sudanese soldiers who were dressed in civilian clothes entered into Uganda to loot people’s property.
“When the UPDF heard of the incident, they intervened but, the SSPDF soldiers had started shooting at the UPDF. The UPDF also fired back killing four of the SSPDF soldiers,” the RDC said.
The UPDF managed to recover five machine guns and four AK47 rifles, the RDC said. The bodies were handed over to the authorities in South Sudan at Afoji border.
The UPDF public relations officer for West Nile Lt. Leuben Ndifula said the residents received several raids and harassment from some group of armed people from South Sudan especially in the areas of Goboro (Fitinambaya).
Lt. Lueben Ndifula said the suspected gangs sometimes order the people to give them money, take their phones and go back to South Sudan.
“After the clash, we tried to check with our colleagues in South Sudan then we came to know that the group belonged to South Sudan Defense People’s Forces,” Lt Reuben said.
While leading a team to pick up the bodies on Monday, the sector commander for Kajo-Keji, col John said there was an explanation about the matter to government authorities in South Sudan.
“We admit that it was a mistake on our side and we assure the people that the situation at the border is normal,” he said.