Four security operatives have been reported out of action by the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces(SSPDF) after what the country’s defense spokesperson called an incursion into their territory. This was reported on October 27th, 2020, at about 1300 hours.
“UPDF armed with heavy artillery pieces and light military trucks mounted with 12.7mm guns launched cross border attack on our Defensive Border Outpost at Pogee in Magwi County, Eastern Equatorial State,” a statement issued by Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, the Director of Media & Press and SSPDF Spokesperson, read in part.
The South Sudan force fought to protect their territory. Still, it was eventually overpowered and forced to retreat before launching a hasty counter-attack code-named “Operation Restore Territorial Integrity of the Republic of South Sudan,” which flushed out the UPDF units, thus regaining full control of Pogee, strengthening and reinforcing their own defensive postures along the Uganda border.
The spokesperson also confirmed that they had lost two service members to the cause as another officer was captured. Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang says the SSPDF, who has it on good authority that the UPDF lost two men, raising the death toll to four, is committed to maintaining cordial relations with the Ugandan Army are saddened by the chameleonic actions of what they call a sister country.
The press release confirmed that the top leadership of both armies had conversations, and Uganda had agreed to return the fallen officers’ bodies and rifles. Through her official twitter handle, Brig-Gen. Flavia Byekwaso confirmed the Tuesday afternoon attack and assured Ugandans that both diplomatic and military engagements yield positive results to restore normalcy along the border.