US journalist killed in South Sudan
Accoding to CNN, the State Department has confirmed that Christopher Allen was killed in the East African nation on Saturday.
“We can confirm that U.S. citizen Christopher Allen died in South Sudan on August 26, 2017 while working as a journalist. We express our condolences to Mr. Allen’s family,” CNN said in a statement. “The Embassy stands ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance. Out of respect for Mr. Allen’s family, we have no further comment at this time.”
Following the incident, Allen was one of 19 people killed during fighting between government troops and rebels in Yei River state.
“Christopher Allen, who worked for various news outlets, was killed in heavy fighting in the town of Kaya,” South Sudan Broadcast Corporation said, citing rebels and military officials.
Meanwhile, Middle East Monitor has reported that New York state prosecutors on Friday charged radical Jamaican Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal with seeking to recruit people to join Islamic State.
El-Faisal, 53, according to the report, was arrested the same day in Jamaica, and New York authorities will seek to have him extradited to face charges in Manhattan Supreme Court.