South Sudan forces say kill rebel leader Athor

December 20, 2011 20:06

JUBA - South Sudan's army said on Tuesday it had killed a prominent rebel leader near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, dealing a blow to insurgents who have threatened the security of the newly-independent nation.

South Sudan split away from Sudan in July under a peace deal that ended decades of civil war with Khartoum, but the young, oil-producing country has struggled with multiple armed uprisings.

George Athor, who left the south's Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) saying the country's dominant party had rigged an election last year, was killed in Morobo Country in South Sudan's Central Equatoria state, SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer said.

"George Athor was killed in Marobo country when he tried to enter South Sudan from Congo. He met with a clash with an SPLA patrol unit," Aguer said, adding that one SPLA soldier was killed and another wounded in the fighting.

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