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Nine killed in dog attacks in Lakes state’s Rumbek


September 24, 2014 (RUMBEK) – At least nine people have died in Lakes state’s Rumbek Central county after being bitten by stray dogs.

Packs of stray dogs are roaming the streets of Lakes state capital Rumbek in increasing numbers (ST)

The public health department in Rumbek has confirmed the deaths, saying the presence of dogs in town is on the rise.

There has been more than 500 separate dog attacks on residents in Rumbek, while 40 people are also undergoing treatment.

Public health director Makur Ater said packs of stray dogs are moving into the town from cattle camps in increasing numbers, attracted by the butcheries and slaughter houses in Rumbek.

He urged health authorities in South Sudan, as well as humanitarian organisations, to assist Lakes state by providing medicine.

“We need [the] vaccination of dogs to be carried out in Rumbek town so that stray dogs are avoided,” he said.


Meanwhile, market prices in Rumbek have been on the rise since last week after public transport connecting Rumbek to Juba and Wau was stopped indefinitely amid ongoing security fears and highway attacks.

Prices of meat have risen from 7 South Sudanese pounds (SSP) to 30 SSP, while 1kg of sugar is up from 10 SSP to 25 SSP.


According to local activists, ongoing insecurity in Lakes state posed an economic threat to the entire Greater Bahr el Ghazal region.

On Tuesday, an Egyptian man identified as Zecky Ali Syrian died after apparently being caught in the crossfire of an argument that turned violent.

According to eyewitness accounts, a quarrel erupted between a pastoralist and a police officer over their divergent views on Lake state’s military caretaker governor, Maj-Gen Matur Chut Dhuol.

It’s claimed the policeman’s comments in support of maintaining Dhuol in power provoked the pastoralist who opened fire, killing the officer instantly, along with the Egyptian man.

Lakes state continues to be locked in a worsening cycle of violence, including cattle raids, highway attacks and tribal revenge killings.

Activist Moses Ater has urged the central government to intervene to resolve the crisis in Lakes state and address public concerns over Dhuol, who is accused of allowing his immediate family members to engage in highway killings with impunity.

However, president Salva Kiir Mayardit has so far ignored growing public demands for the caretaker governor to be removed.


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  • 25 September 2014 06:28, by Akol Liai Mager

    Huge Army of New Dolla Islamihya (IS)! Really, sounds like Lakes State has become new Syria & Iraq. Everybody is wild and so the Animals. I hope this is not an end of life in this Planet that was written in the Bible. Please, watch out if you are passing via Rumbek.

  • 25 September 2014 06:41, by wang

    That must be Mrs. Kiir M7 had trained those dogs to kills those who against her regime in Lake State…Kiir must be killed, this lady is evils

  • 25 September 2014 08:05, by Positive Thinker

    In the absence of rule of law anything is possible. The state of affairs in Lake State is hopeless. What will be the use of police if majority of civilians are armed and have taken the law into their own hand. I think declaring state of emergency in Lake State will not be a bad idea.

  • 25 September 2014 08:29, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear citizen,
    Let us speak the truth out of lies, those are not a dogs they are human who turned to be an animal, because they don’t like the Care taker Matur Chut Dhol. Every South Sudanese knows Dinka could eat people that is true, if they attack the people as human they will be accountable, does why they come like an animal.

    • 25 September 2014 11:06, by michael coma

      Those dogs are part of Riek Machar’s rebellion.Govt need to be serious about these dogs.

  • 25 September 2014 12:18, by wang

    michael coma
    hahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa….we the Freedom Fighters are not looking for ally, only Mrs. Kiir M7 and you are been searching for supporters, since your poor kids from High schools that were just gave guns, which they do not know how to operates them were finished by the white army….while the Ugandans army that do not want to face the white army anymore then Kiir and you are turning into domest

  • 25 September 2014 12:18, by wang

    while the Ugandans army that do not want to face the white army anymore then Kiir and you are turning into domestics animals, to trains them and fights for you as a plans B…however, because you are dumbly people which do not know that the domestics animals are animals and do not differentiate the real enemies and its owners in first place….now you are starting reporting all those nonsenses…laalaa

  • 25 September 2014 12:20, by wang

    now you are starting reporting all those nonsenses…laalaapalalalalap, the domestic animals are killing people….faces your dumbly strategies

    • 25 September 2014 12:34, by michael coma


      For your information this is the part of your rebellion.Riek and you are animals without tails that is why your brothers and sisters from dog’s battalion have declared their support to SPLA in O.White army has finished that why incites dogs to fight on your behalf.

      • 25 September 2014 12:46, by michael coma

        Those dogs they were in training camp for two months.Their trainee is called Gen.Gatdel Puok from Leer county.They were well equipped with Cobra poison to makes them good killers.Government need to send reinforcement from Wolves battalion to counter attack dogs battalion.

  • 25 September 2014 13:03, by wang

    Michael coma
    Haaaahhaahahaha….we Freedom Fighter have no single force in Lake State, 2nd, why those dogs that are killing people happened to be from the Dinka heartland? Why those other domestics and wilds animals from non-Dinka territories are not biting people? Dude, there is something fishy in your Dinka land….

    • 25 September 2014 19:40, by michael coma

      That is not correct.Kulang Tot was from Nuer and was feared wild animal allover Sudan that time.So Nuers are well known cannibal in South Sudan.

  • 25 September 2014 19:36, by garang kerubino

    Dear all

    As you can see from this example lakes is a place where everyone including dogs are running mad so don’t be surprise for this actions, people of lakes don’t need to live they wanted to die so let the DOGs do their part. this is going to be a good example for them to stop killing themselves and focus on external attack like the one of the dogs, learn now.

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