SPLA Denies Use Of Cluster Bombs On Rebels

Col. Philip Aguer, the SPLA Spokesperson denies any use of cluster bombs against rebels. [Gurtong file]

Rights group last week accused the SPLA of using cluster bombs on rebels loyal to South Sudan’s ex Vice President Dr. Riek Machar in the Bor, a town that has exchanged hands since the unrest erupted in country mid December last year.

“The accusation is false and untrue. SPLA or our friendly forces, the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) in the operations between Bor and Juba from the 14th of February 2014 up to now has not used the cluster bombs,” SPLA Spokesman Philip Aguer said.

Cluster bomb is a modification of a weapon containing multiple explosive dropped from the aircraft or fired from the ground and designed to break open in mid air, releasing sub munitions and saturating on area that can be the size of several football fields.

Anybody within that area is likely to be killed or seriously injured. Some of the sub munitions which fail to explode remain a total danger to human beings or animals even after the conflicts by a long time.

According to the Human Right Watch, the United Nations experts had found remnants of the bombs including unexploded “bomb lets” earlier this month close to Bor.

The experts said the cluster bombs were found in an area not known to be contaminated by remnants prior to mid-December 2013.

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