South Sudan army capture rebel headquarters near Ethiopia – McClatchy Washington Bureau

South Sudan’s government forces have overtaken the rebel-held stronghold and opposition headquarters of Pagak, along the Ethiopian border, William Gatjiath Deng, spokesman for the opposition IO, told The Associated Press.

“They took the main town and our forces are now regrouping,” said Deng, reached by phone.

Army spokesman Lul Ruai Koang did not confirm the reports saying that he’s “not aware” of Pagak’s takeover.

The rebels burned their military barracks before fleeing, to prevent government forces from being able to use the ammunition, according to residents.

“While this is a significant symbolic setback for the IO it remains to be seen whether the government can secure the position so deep in IO territory,” said an aid worker familiar with the situation in Pagak, who insisted on anonymity for security reasons.

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