By Denis Elamu JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua)
-- The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)
on Monday regretted the killing of U.S journalist Christopher
Allen during fighting in the town of Kaya, near the border with
Uganda, in circumstances that remain unclear.
“We would like to
pass on our deepest condolences to the family, colleagues, and
friends of Christopher Allen for their loss. His death while
reporting on the conflict in South Sudan is a tragedy,” Head of
UNMISS and Special Representative of the Secretary-General,
David Shearer said in a statement issued in Juba.
However, UNMISS said
Allen who was killed on Saturday is the tenth journalist to have
been murdered in South Sudan since 2012.
repeatedly stated that any attacks on journalists are
unacceptable and it calls on all parties to the ongoing conflict
in South Sudan to respect the freedom of the press,” Shearer
have since been killed during the ongoing more than three years
of violence in the youngest nation in unclear circumstances that
have not been conclusively investigated, amid international
According to the
South Sudanese army (SPLA) deputy spokesman Col. Santo Domic
Chol, the slain journalist was killed on Saturday afternoon,
alongside 16 (SPLA-IO) rebel fighters allied to former First
Vice President Riek Machar in the border town located south of
the capital near the Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo
Chol also allegedly
said Allen was killed on the frontline while holding a gun as
government troops engaged in fight with rebels that lasted
several hours, before his corpse was found and evacuated to
“He is a white rebel
because he was killed alongside rebels while he was holding a
gun,” Chol told Xinhua on Sunday.
descended into violence in December 2013 after political dispute
between President Kiir and his former deputy Machar led to
fighting that pitted mostly Dinka ethnic soldiers loyal to Kiir
against Machar’s Nuer ethnic group.
The 2015 peace
agreement to end the violence was again violated in July 2016
when the rival factions resumed fighting in the capital forcing
Machar to flee into exile.
The conflict has
killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions that
have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.