Nov 12, 2006 (Khartoum Monitor)
The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the anti-SPLA South Sudan Defence Forces (SSDF), supported by Baggara militias, clashed on Thursday November 9 in the Meram town in Southern Kordofan State where three SPLA soldiers were shot dead and one wounded.
Lt-Col Lual Tong told the Khartoum Monitor yesterday by phone from Meram town that the SSDF’s General Hasan Deng Malaw was among those shot dead.
Lt-Col Tong disclosed that the SSDF and Baggara militias were the first to attack SPLA soldiers who were on their way to Meram town. The reasons for the attack remain unknown.
According to Lt-Col Tong the SPLA soldiers who died included First Lt Thiik Akot, William Nyon and Agaany Malek. Agaany Abdel Bagi Ayei also suffered severe injuries.
On the other hand, the SSDF suffered one casualty, Gen Hassan Deng.
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army and the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) signed a permanent cease-fire deal even before the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in Nairobi, Kenya, last year but clashes have frequently taken place between the pro-SAF militia, known as the SSDF, and the SPLA.
The SSDF has been responsible for widespread insecurity in many parts of south Sudan.
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