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Random shooting in South Sudan oil state after rebel attack



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There were random gunshots Monday on the outskirts of Mayom County in South Sudan’s oil-rich Unity State, where rebels clashed with the army on Saturday.

The weekend incident was the bloodiest rebel fighting since the July independence, civilians on the ground said.

South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) rebels, formerly led by Peter Gatdet, attacked Mayom in the early hours of Saturday, and over 80 were killed in the subsequent clash with the regular forces.

“There were heavy guns firing in the forest,” Mr Peter Gargwin, a victim of the fighting who said he lost one of his relatives, said.

“There is still maybe fighting there,” he said.

Gatdet struck a deal with the government recently and returned to Juba.

Some of Mr Gatdet’s senior officers, who rejected the deal and accused him of accepting bribes from Juba, were behind the Saturday violence, according to the Unity State Information minister, Mr Gideon Gatpan.

Mr Gatpan said Monday “the army is still following up with those renegades in their hideouts and we have no serious incident”.

He asserted there was calm in Mayom which, together with the neighbouring Mankien County, have been apparent strongholds and hideouts for the rebels since March.

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