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Rebels say 15 government soldiers killed in attempted cattle raid


July 14, 2014 (KAMPALA) – The South Sudanese rebel faction said they killed 15 government troops in what they described as an attempt to cattle raid in Unity state on Sunday.

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Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) disembark from a pick-up truck in Unity state capital Bentiu on 12 January 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Andreea Campeanu)

The incident reportedly occurred in Panhiany and Thowmangor to the south of the state capital, Bentiu.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune by satellite phone interview Monday, rebel spokesman Peter Riak Gew said opposition forces had recovered 120 cows and reunited them with their owners.

“Yesterday we have clashes with militia under the government trying to raid cows from civilians. We seriously engaged with them around those villages surrounding Bentiu town,” said Gew.

He claimed government troops had suffered heavy losses during the attempted attack, saying at least 25 soldiers were seriously injured, but downplayed the number of rebel casualties.

Gew accused government troops of targeting civilian properties and of failing to observe law and order.

“We cannot call them a government, but a group of looters who have no obligation for (their) own people in the country,” he said.

“If the regime of president [Salva] Kiir would means to love the people of this country, why should they take their properties or cows by force?” he added.

An officer from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) who spoke on condition of anonymity told Sudan Tribune that over 34 government soldiers were airlifted to the capital, Juba, on Monday to receive treatment for their injuries sustained during clashes with rebel fighters in the Bentiu area.

He refuted claims government troops had targeted civilians in the area, counter accusing rebels of violations.

Another source from the SPLA dismissed rebel claims that 15 soldiers had been killed in the clashes, putting the death toll at six.

Rebels continue to blame government troops for mistreating and harassing civilians in areas under their control.

Meanwhile, Unity state MP Peter Dak Khan, who took up arms against the government over an alleged massacre of Nuer people in Juba at the genesis of the conflict, has levelled similar accusations against the government, saying it is failing to abide by a peace protocol signed by both warring parties in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in January.

Conflict first erupted in Juba in mid-December last year after a political split in the ruling SPLM turned violent, triggering tribal tensions across the country.

The fighting has pitted government troops loyal to Kiir, a Dinka, against rebel forces led by former vice-president Riek Machar, who is of Nuer ethnicity.

Last week, rebels claimed the SPLA had launched coordinated attacks on rebel positions in the Wangkei and Kabelek payams (districts) of Guit county before being driven back to Unity state capital Bentiu.

A number of displaced residents who have sought refuge at the UN base in Bentiu claimed fighting between the warring parties had also resumed in the capital and areas around Mayom county.

In an incident earlier this month, a captain from the SPLA’s fifth division who hailed from the Dinka tribe was shot dead by a Nuer commanding officer after he allegedly raped a teenage girl in Unity state’s Rubkotna county.

Unity state has continued to witness heavy fighting between the rival parties, changing hands several times at the height of the conflict.


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  • 15 July 2014 07:39, by Mi diit

    They are not government but a bunch of looters and rapists. Shoot them dead!

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  • 15 July 2014 08:04, by Augustino

    Clearly, Nuer members resort to loot themselves in the name of government and rebels. What will they do if the peace agreement is reached and order is restored? Shame on Nuer people. Riek will continue moving outside like Dalelema who never entred to Tibet in China. Common let talk we are one people. Thanks

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    • 15 July 2014 09:23, by Joseph Canada

      Agustino, here are your lies again and manipulation of nonsense. Tere are two things that you have to see as common here.
      1-The SPLA Captain- Adinka was shot by the Commading Officer for rapng a young girl. Now if a Captain can rame the underage, how about the private? Killing him was the best solution even if the commander was a non Nuer.
      2. SPLA now is just Dinka and few minorities.

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      • 15 July 2014 10:15, by Adodi Jotuwa

        History is one of the best tools dat u don’t want to revisit. If Dr. John Garang De Mabior were to surrender the popular SPLM/A to Khartoum in 1991 as Dr. Fool Riek Machar did with his Nasir Faction, where would we/RSS have been today? Leadership conflict would have emerged between Junubin on who should Bashir appoint to lead South Sudan in exchange of the very Khartoum Oil Agreement/KPA-1997

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        • 15 July 2014 10:15, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Unlike the so-called "white army", why and how do u expect reasonable citizens to emotionally join the murderous movement in the history of South Sudan since 1991? Junubin desperately want peace, security, development and stability, not positions or top leadership position dat Dr. Fool Riek is obsessed with since 1991. Any Junubin who needs position can easily join Riek, but not me.

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          • 15 July 2014 10:16, by Adodi Jotuwa

            Do you believe dat touring African, Asian, Middle Eastern, South American and European countries including USA or Canada would make Dr. Fool Riek Machar popular or would lure Junubin to join him? Do the political math correctly without excluding Bor massacre of 1991, KPA-1997 and Riek’s return in 2002 to the very popular movement/SPLA/M dat he branded undemocratic. Who is fooling who here, please?

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            • 15 July 2014 10:17, by Adodi Jotuwa

              Don’t u realize dat Junubin are tired of tribal war of Dr. Fool Riek Machar orchestrated to look like a national war of 1955 or 1983 regardless of varied ethnic representation on his diplomatic/political front designed to attract national, regional, continental and international audience? I am not worried so long as whatever Dr. Fool Riek Machar does makes him smile and looks presidential to his f

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              • 15 July 2014 10:18, by Adodi Jotuwa

                Why do you complain that Junubin are not decisive or reluctant to join the murderous and tribal movement composed of one military ethnic group? Do u think dat Junubin often fail like “white army” to do their political calculations before joining murderous movement that brought Bor town (twice), Malakal town (twice), Bentiu town (twice) to rubble? Stay in you cozy Addis Hotel “berrah”.

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        • 15 July 2014 10:19, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Mi Diit
          History is one of the best tools dat u don’t want to revisit. If Dr. John Garang De Mabior were to surrender the popular SPLM/A to Khartoum in 1991 as Dr. Fool Riek Machar did with his Nasir Faction, where would we/RSS have been today? Leadership conflict would have emerged between Junubin on who should Bashir appoint to lead South Sudan in exchange of the very Khartoum Oil Agreement-1997

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          • 15 July 2014 14:21, by Gangura

            Why Kirr can not take care of his forces not to go and loote people cows? walai when will really God remove this stupid Dinka man from power? we are really tired of Dinkas doing and stupid reasoning, this time around we have joint hand with Nuer to fight Dinkas.

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            • 15 July 2014 15:10, by Malakal county Simon

              Dinka government is near to it’s end....

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            • 16 July 2014 08:04, by Martin

              Gugura or so, who has joined hands with Nuer to fight Dinka? The Nuers again will just come back to join the same government lead by Dinka. History can tell the mentality or IQ of Most Nuers very low to analyze problem.

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