, JUBA, October 30- The town, state capital of the previously key oil producing Unity state, has changed hands several times since the war broke out in December 2013, but has been in government hands since May.
When rebels loyal to ousted vice president Riek Machar stormed the town in April, they unleashed two days of ethnic slaughter as they hunted down civilians sheltering in mosques, churches and a hospital, according to the UN.
The defence minister said he did not have exact numbers of those killed and wounded, and whether they were soldiers or civilians.
“There must be deaths, because that is war,” Manyang said.
Both sides in the conflict — Machar’s forces and troops loyal to President Salva Kiir — have been accused of war crimes including mass killings, rape, attacks on hospitals and places of worship and recruiting child soldiers.