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South Sudan rebels seize key town of Bor: Mayor

Reuters , Wednesday 1 Jan 2014
South Sudan
South Sudan army soldiers hold their weapons in Malakal town, 497km (308 miles) northeast of capital Juba, December 30, 2013, after retaking the town from rebel fighters (Photo: Reuters)
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South Sudanese rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar have seized control of Bor, the capital of restive Jonglei state, the town's Mayor said on Wednesday.

Nhial Majak Nhial told Reuters government troops loyal to President Salva Kiir had made a "tactical withdrawal" to Malual Chaat army barracks, 3 km (2 miles) south of the town on Tuesday, after fighting that started earlier in the day.

"Yes they (rebels) have taken Bor," Nhial said from the national capital Juba, 190 km south of Bor by road.

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