South Sudan army retakes Bor town from rebels: minister
JUBA (AFP) - South Sudan's army stormed the rebel-held town of Bor on Tuesday, sending insurgents fleeing nearly a week after they captured the state capital of Jonglei, Information Minister Michael Makwei told AFP.
"The army captured Bor around sunset and the rebel forces are now on the run... We are back in control," Makwei said.
"This is the gift of the government of South Sudan to the people." However, while claiming the army was now back in full control, the Makwei also said that "shooting continued", without giving further details.
Bor's capture, apparently without major resistance by the rebels, lifts nearly a week-long seige of the town, where some 17,000 civilians fled into the overstretched United Nations peacekeeping compound for protection, severely stretching limited food and supplies.