Official: Militia leader in South Sudan surrenders

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Posted: Apr 26, 2011 1:40 PM
Official: Militia leader in South Sudan surrenders

A Southern Sudanese official says a rebel leader whose militia group clashed with the Southern Sudan's army last week has surrendered.

Army spokesman Brig. Malaak Ayuen said militia leader Maj. Gen. Gabriel Tanginye and his deputy Maj. Gen Mabor Dhel were flown to Juba, the southern capital, on Tuesday after they surrendered on Sunday.

Tanginye's forces clashed with the Southern Sudanese army on Saturday in Jonglei state, leading to 57 deaths.

Tanginye was a warlord sponsored by the north during the decades-long north-south civil war, and he was aligned with the north after a 2005 peace deal ended the war. Late last year Tanginye accepted amnesty from the southern government but his fighters battled southern troops last week.