Juba - Fighters loyal to an exiled former deputy president in South Sudan have attacked government forces in Unity state, leading to the deaths of 25 people including civilians, according to officials. "The number of the bodies that were found on the ground were 25," said Lam Tungwar, information minister for Northern Liech state, adding that the attack was "repulsed".READ MORE: South Sudan - A country captured by armed factions Those killed during fighting included women, elderly people and local police officers, Lam Tungwar, state minister of information for Northern Liech, told Reuters news agency. Lam Paul Gabriel, a spokesperson for the SPLA-IO fighters, confirmed the clash, claiming "a successful operation" in which "the gallant SPLA-IO forces took control of Nhialdiu", killed 19 government soldiers and seized dozens of weapons. Tungwar said most of the dead were civilians. signed in August 2015 and Machar returned to the capital in April last year to share power with Kiir. fled the capital, Juba.refugee crises and both sides of the conflict have been accused of abuses.