Rebel leader killed in South Sudan

July 23, 2011 14:29

JUBA - A south Sudanese rebel leader was killed on Saturday, the southern army and a separate rebel group said as Africa's newest nation is trying to quell violence threatening stability.

South Sudan seceded from the north on July 9 -- a separation won in a January referendum that was the climax of a 2005 peace deal which ended decades of civil war with Khartoum.

The new state is struggling with poverty, underdevelopment and instability threatening its east African neighbors.

At least seven rebel militia are fighting government forces in remote parts of the oil-producing country.

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