Four South Sudan soldiers shot dead by Ugandan military in contested…

first_imgSudan, South Sudan resolve border dispute Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers ride atop their military truck enroute to evacuate their citizens following recent fighting in Juba at Nimule town along the South Sudan and Uganda border, July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Anthony Nambwaya Ugandan soldiers ride near Nimule town along the South Sudan and Uganda border, July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Anthony NambwayaAt least four South Sudanese soldiers were killed by their counterparts from neighboring Uganda over the weekend, a military spokesman said Tuesday.Lul Ruia Koang, spokesperson for the South Sudan Defense Forces (SSPDF) said the incident between SSPDF forces and the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) happened on Sunday after the two sides exchanged fire in a contested border area in the southern parts of the country.“UPDF soldiers opened fire on our soldiers in Buya and as a result, they killed four on the spot and wounded another,” the spokesperson told Xinhua by phone.The disputed area is claimed by communities of Kajo-Keji county of Central Equatoria state in South Sudan and their neighbors from Yumbe district of Uganda.Koang said the SSPDF soldiers were conducting foot patrol to enforce cross-border movement restrictions at the time of the clashes.“The area where our servicemen were killed is a disputed area,” the spokesperson said, adding that calm has since returned to the region after the two governments agreed to investigate the cause of the fighting.“We have requested for an investigation to be conducted so that we know why they opened fire on soldiers who were on foot patrol and does not pose any threat to them,” he said.Related Sudan opens border with South Sudancenter_img South Sudan unrest threatens to cripple Ugandan traderslast_img read more

Tour de France: Thomas up to 2nd as Alaphilippe splits peloton

first_imgAlong with overall race leader Julian Alaphilippe,Thomas benefited from a late split in the peloton that caught many race rivalsby surprise. Britain’s Adam Yates, who moved up to eighthin the GC, and Movistar’s Colombian leader Nairo Quintana also finished in theleading group, one minute and 40 seconds in front of a chasing pack that alsoincluded Trek-Segafredo’s Richie Porte. PARIS – Britain’s defending champion GeraintThomas moved up to second in the Tour de France after a dramatic conclusion tostage 10. The 33-year-old had started out fromSaint-Flour to Albi – the final stage before the first rest day – in fifth. The stage had passed without incident untilaround 40km from the end when Rigoberto Uran’s EF Education First teamattempted to take advantage of the crosswinds. Thomas, who is hoping to be the first ridersince Miguel Indurain in 1992 to successfully defend his title as a first-timeTour winner, said: “I had a really good day in the end. We had a little goearlier but it was not the right conditions. We were always attentive and readyfor anything.” Geraint Thomas (right) leaves Julian Alaphilippe (center) trailing in his wake in a steep closing stages of the Tour de France’s sixth stage. GETTY IMAGES Belgian Wout van Aert edged out Elia Vivianiin a thrilling sprint finish.center_img The riders have a rest day on Tuesday beforethe race recommences on Wednesday when the Tour travels 167km from Albi toToulouse. (BBC) Tour de France: Thomas up to 2nd asAlaphilippe splits peloton Setting an unrelenting pace, Alaphilippe againlit up the race before Ineos took over to press home Thomas and his co-leaderEgan Bernal’s advantage. However, they and a clutch of generalclassification (GC) contenders, including Groupama-FDJ’s Thibaut Pinot andAstana’s Jakob Fuglsang, were caught out as Alaphilippe initiated a devastatingcounter. Bernal’s performance saw him earn the whitejersey for the best young rider in the race, the pervious wearer, Italy’sGiulio Ciccone, being another to drop back overall. According to Thomas, “From our point of viewwe had everyone bar two guys [in the front group] so we were fully committed.There were plenty of guys turning and you could tell behind that they had gonefull out [to catch up]. They ran out of gas and the elastic snapped. You wouldnever expect it today. But a positional error from them and they lose a minuteand a half.”last_img read more