At least nine people have been killed after fighting broke out between rebel militias and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) – the south’s army – a day before South Sudan votes in a referendum on its independence.
AP - Two rebel groups clashed with Southern Sudan’s military ahead of the region’s historic independence referendum, leaving at least nine dead. A top security chief said Saturday he suspected the groups were trying to depress voter turnout in some areas, though most analysts expect a peaceful vote.
IN PICTURES: REFERENDUM COUNTDOWN
A woman shows the symbols for the two choices on the South Sudanese referendum ballot: an open hand for separation (left), two hands together for unity (right). ©AFP
A giant screen in Juba's centre counts down the days, minutes and seconds left before polls open. © Melissa Bell
The flag of South Sudan already flies in Juba. There is no doubt as to which way Sunday's vote will go. © Melissa Bell
The memory of decades of war gives way to dancing in Juba, just days ahead of the referendum poll. © Melissa Bell
Date created : 2011-01-08