Rebels in South Sudan detain 16 UN peacekeepers on barges

Rebels in South Sudan said Thursday they have seized UN river barges they suspect are transporting weapons for government troops, and are holding 16 peacekeepers and others who were aboard them. The barges were taken along the White Nile in a disputed area in the volatile state of Upper Nile. James Gatdet Dak, a spokesman for rebel leader Riek Machar, said the barges were seized but did not specify how many.



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