SPLA Soldier Arrested for Shooting Colleagues

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On Wednesday night, John Malang and Yori Atam were shot in Pageo, Magwi County, Imatong State, South Sudan. Malang, 37, sustained gunshots on the left thigh, while Atam, 33, sustained a fractured bone on the left leg.

A South Sudanese People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier has been arrested for shooting two of his colleagues.

On Wednesday night, John Malang and Yori Atam were shot in Pageo, Magwi County, Imatong State, South Sudan. Malang, 37, sustained gunshots on the left thigh, while Atam, 33, sustained a fractured bone on the left leg. 

Major Telesphor Turyamumanya, the UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson, says that the soldier whose identity he refused to disclose was arrested on Thursday. He explains the two soldiers were drunk and engaged in an argument with the suspect.

Dr Geoffrey Akena, the Kitgum Government Hospital Superintendent says that they are planning to refer Malang to a better-equipped health facility to remove the bullets stuck in his left thigh. 

On Thursday, journalists were denied access to the injured soldiers by SPLA soldiers.


 

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