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South Sudan: Rebel group commander Galtluak Gai killed – army

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Laaska News  July 23,2011
KHARTOUM, July 23 (Xinhua) — Commander of South Sudan rebel group Galtluak Gai was killed on Saturday in Unity State, announced South Sudan’s army.

“Gai was killed by a group belonging to an armed faction in Unity State this morning,” Philip Aguer, spokesman of Sudan People ‘s Liberation Army (SPLA), told Xinhua.

“Gai has signed a ceasefire agreement with the SPLA early this week, but a group belonging to an armed faction killed him, likely due to differences inside the rebel group over the recent agreement with the SPLA,” Aguer added.

Early this week Gai signed an agreement with the SPLA stipulating cease-fire and commencing talks between the two sides. The SPLA was supposed to send negotiators to Unity State where the rebels are stationed.

President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit, in his address during South Sudan’s independence celebrations on July 9, declared amnesty for the southern Sudanese armed militias which are fighting the SPLA in the south.

Six armed militias have defected from the SPLA after the general elections held in April 2010. Leaders of the rebel groups accused the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) of controlling the government in the south and empowering the Dinka tribe to which most of the SPLM leaders belong.

 Xinhua.

 

 

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