May 14, 2020 (Thessherald)–The National Salvation Front (NAS), a militant group fighting against both the government and the opposition has ambushed a vehicle ferrying SPLA-IO officers and kidnapped around 8 people, including senior commanders, according to Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, SPLA-IO Deputy Military Spokesperson.
“On 10/05/2020 at about 3:00PM a vehicle transporting SPLA-IO officers to the Sector 8 HQ in Wunulyet was ambushed by NAS forces at Kansuk in Kajo Keji County. About eight (8) SPLA-IO including three senior Officers were abducted by the attackers.”
The militant group, a Non-signatory to the peace deal, has been wagging an armed rebellion in South Sudan’s Central and Western Equatoria region since 2018.
SPLM/A-IO urged the NAS leadership to immediately release the detained officers and hand them over to the International Committee of the Red Cross, a neutral organization mandated to facilitate the release of detainees in line with the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians, and Humanitarian Access.
“The SPLA-IO calls upon NAS leadership to release those officers to a neutral body as soon as possible.”
The Senior officers include:
- Brig. Gen. Sammy Logeleng
- Brig. Gen. Clement Samuel
- Col. Wokil Peter.
The main armed opposition group called upon peace monitors to probe into the incident and hold those responsible to account.
“The SPLA-IO calls upon CTSAMM and UNMISS to investigate this violation and brings those responsible to account.”