JUBA - Rebels in South Sudan attacked a town in an oil-producing state on Saturday, killing 15 people, including nine soldiers, and wounding 18, officials said, in the latest violence in Africa's newest nation.
South Sudan became independent in July after a 2005 peace deal with Khartoum that ended decades of civil war, but the new nation has been struggling to end tribal and rebel violence that has killed around 3,000 people this year. Rebels loyal to Matthew Pul Jang and other militia leaders attacked Mayom in the west of the oil-producing Unity State, Unity Information Minister Gideon Gatpan Thoar told Reuters.
"We got attacked in Mayom town today by the militias from 6 to 7 a.m. The militia attacked the town, killed 15 and wounded 18," Thoar said. "More than 60 militiamen were killed."
Army spokesman Philip Aguer said: "It was indiscriminate, they didn't differentiate between civilians and the army. The killing included a doctor."