Fighting between South Sudan rival rebel groups wounds two

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Fighting between two rebel groups broke out on Sunday in South Sudan’s southern Equatoria region, a rebel official said, adding another dangerous dimension to an increasingly fragmented conflict that has spawned many armed factions.

The incident on Sunday in Nyori in Central Equatoria state pitted rebel leader Riek Machar’s SPLA-IO fighters against the National Salvation Front (NAS, led by General Thomas Cirillo, who formed his own faction after leaving the government in February, vowing to overthrow President Salva Kiir.

South Sudan’s war has largely been fought between the forces of Kiir, a Dinka, and the SPLA-IO of former vice president Machar, a Nuer. The fighting has often been along ethnic lines.

SPLA-IO spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel told Reuters by phone that Cirillo’s forces attacked an SPLA-IO reconnaissance team travelling near the base of a NAS general, John Kenyi Loburon, but were repulsed.

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Source: News Now/Reuters

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.