NAS, SSPDF playing “blame game” over the killing of civilians along the Juba-Nimule highway.
Headquarters of the SSPDF has petitioned regional and international bodies to hold the National Salvation Front (NAS) accountable for the deaths of Catholic nuns.
NAS is a member of SSOMA. Five people were murdered on Monday, including two nuns from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, as they returned from Loa to commemorate a centennial.
South Sudan’s Opposition Movements Alliance has denied participation in the death of people along the Juba-Nimule route after the assault.
The gang of Thomas Cirilo and Paul Malong, headed by Pagan Amum, denounced the killing.
It denounces the murder of innocent people and religious members.
SSOMA’s announcement comes after President Salva Kiir indicated that the government might rethink its stance on the current Rome Initiative headed by Sant Egidio.
The SSPDF Headquarters has stated that the latest assaults on the Juba-Nimule Highway were carried out by members of the National Salvation Front (NAS).
In an Eye Radio report, the army’s spokesman, Major General Lul Ruai, accused the National Salvation Front troops of murdering and wounding people.
Gen Lul Ruai claimed that the sisters and three innocent bystanders were ruthlessly killed by NAS rebels loyal to General Thomas Cirillo.
“The SSPDF General Headquarters strongly denounced the indiscriminate bombing of civilian targets and urged regional and international organizations to hold the NAS accountable.”
“The SSPDF wishes to assure the South Sudanese people that it is dedicated to safeguarding its citizens wherever they may be and that the killings observed were perpetrated by terrorists who do not love the South Sudanese people.”