South Sudanese rebel groups fought each other on Thursday in Kapoeta State leaving one rebel general dead, rebels said.

The clashes broke out yesterday in an area near Napotpot between two groups: one loyal to General Thomas Cirillo and one loyal to former first vice president Riek Machar.

The two rebel groups that clashed on Thursday both oppose President Salva Kiir’s administration and are currently negotiating a new peace deal as unified opposition groups at the ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa.

But SPLA-IO commander on the ground Yusif Peter told media that they killed Brig. Gen. Joseph Lokopir who was loyal to National Salvation Front (NAS) led by General Cirillo during fierce clashes. “Yes I can confirm that we have killed Big. Gen. Joseph Lokopir who was always known for attacking civilians on the Kapoeta-Narus highway,” he said.