According to a letter seen by NCMP from the office of SSPDF Spokesman dated October 29th, the letter stated that on October 27th, 2020, at about 1 PM, a mechanized Unit of Ugandan People’s Defense Forces made a major incursion into our territory.
UPDF armed with heavy artillery pieces and light military trucks mounted with 12.7mm machine guns launched cross border attack on own Defensive Border outpost at Pogee in Magwi County, Eastern Equatoria State.
In the letter, the spokesman mentioned that SSPDF Squad-sized force heroically fought to protect the territorial integrity of our beloved Country.
However, that small force was outnumbered outgunned and was temporarily forced to retreat. A hasty counterattack code-named “Operation Restore Territorial Integrity of the Republic of South Sudan” was launched to flush out mechanized Units of UPDF.
The letter stated that SSPDF had regained full control of Pogee, reinforced and strengthened its own defensive postures along the borders with Uganda.
The letter also mentioned that there are casualties. The brief clash resulted in own two dedicated Servicemen getting killed in action while a third was captured. The spokesman added.
NCMP also gathered from the one page letter that according to Reliable intelligence reports indicated UPDF had lost two servicemen as well. UPDF is currently in the custody of the remains of fallen comrades along with their personal assault rifles. Bilpam had established contacts with UPDF leadership on unprovoked incursion and the later had in turn promised to handover remains of fallen soldiers along with their guns as well as the serviceman taken as PoW. The handing over ceremony is expected to take place in the next few days.
SSPDF reiterates its commitment to the maintenance of cordial relations with UPDF but was saddened by the chameleon behaviors of that army from a supposed sister country. The letter concluded