The National Slavational Front (NAS) claimed the death of South Sudanese army members in Lobonok after clashes but says in retaliation to attack by the government soldiers.
The hold-out group, in a statement, also said it captured two RPG7 launchers, two PKM machine guns and six AK47 rifles.
“On 10th November 2020, forces of SSPDF from Karpeto in Lobonok County attacked NAS tactical base and briefly managed to push NAS forces to make a tactical withdrawal,” partly reads NAS’s statement.
“Several rounds of ammunition and shells were also captured in good condition. Two (2) NAS combatants were martyred and two (2) others sustained injuries,” it added.
The attack, according to the group, occurred as ceasefire monitors (CTSAMMV), government and South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOMA) met as a workshop in Rome, Italy.
“NAS condemns this uncalled for the attack which shows the intransigent of the regime of Salva Kiir and holds the government responsible for breach of the COHA [Cessation of Hostilities Agreement] and the Rome Declaration and any consequences of this cowardly attack,” it further stated.
Meanwhile, the group, not a signatory to the revitalized peace agreement, reiterated its commitment to the ceasefire accord signed December 21, 2017, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia and the Rome Declaration signed on 12th January 2020 in Rome Italy.