At least 127 people have died as the results of the recent clashes between South Sudan People’s Defense Forces and armed civilians in Tonj county in Warrap state. South Sudan’s army spokesman, Major Gen. Lul Ruai told Abyei FM on Wednesday.
Lul said the victims are 82 civilians and 45 soldiers. He said their forces withdrew from Romic where the incident took place to Ngapagook to prevent further confrontation.
The army spokesman said two soldiers have been arrested in connection to the clashes and the situation is under control.
“As we speak, lawmakers, intellectuals, traditional leaders and state authorities are stabilizing the security situation,” he assured.
He said the traditional leaders are helping in identifying armed civilians who involved in the clashes. According to Lul, armed local youths attacked the army position on 8th August but residents said the fighting erupted after the killing of a youth by a soldier in the market
The youth reportedly refused to surrender his weapon to soldiers during the disarmament. The clashes will not affect the disarmament process, according to Lul.
“These forces are still on the ground ensuring that the guns are collected from these civilians that are carrying them illegally,” he said.