South Sudan Army Says Four Soldiers Died in Western Rebel Attack

Four South Sudanese soldiers died in an attack by rebels on government positions in the country’s remote northwest, army spokesman Philip Aguer said.

The assault took place about midday on Tuesday in the town of Bazia in Western Bahr el Ghazal state, Aguer said by phone.

South Sudan’s rebel movement is preparing to return to the capital, Juba, starting from Tuesday to lay the groundwork for its leader Riek Machar to return to his role as President Salva Kiir’s deputy for a 30-month transition period before elections.

Machar and Kiir reached the agreement to end violence that erupted in Juba two years ago, triggered by a power struggle, and quickly spread as it took on ethnic dimensions. The crisis has left tens of thousands of people dead and displaced more than 2 million.

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