Uganda reinforces border security with South Sudan after clashes

South Sudanese child soldiers standing with their weapons on the floor

An American has been killed in civil war-torn South Sudan, the US Embassy said Saturday, while South Sudan's army and opposition said the journalist was caught in the fighting between the two sides.

Slain: Freelance journalist Christopher Allen (left in undated picture), 28, was killed in South Sudan on Saturday. 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 Juba. South Sudan has been convulsed by conflict since late 2013, pitting President Salva Kiir's troops against those of rebel leader Riek Machar. Several journalists 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 worldwide condemnation.

Allen was shot dead, and two opposition fighters were killed, Deng said. "Bullets don't know color or race", the army spokesman told journalists.

But the rebels Allen was reporting on tell a different story: They say he was wearing a large vest emblazoned with the word "Press" when he was shot.

It is not clear who shot Allen. Shearer said: "UNMISS has 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".

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Mr Allen's killing has brought the number of journalists who have died of gunshot wounds in South Sudan to 11 since 2012.

Thailand already has 10 police officers in the United Nations Mission to South Sudan, and is one of 60 countries to send personnel to the recently-formed African nation.

"We shall continue to screen all the people fleeing from South Sudan into Uganda".

The fighting, often along ethnic lines, defies peace deals and unilateral cease-fires.

The conflict has forced about 4 million people to flee their homes.

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