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S. Sudan rebels claim multiple victories in N. Bahr el Ghazal


June 4, 2015 (JUBA)- South Sudanese armed opposition fighters claimed to have taken control of several areas in Lakes, Western and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states , pointing out that they allegedly inflicted heavy casualties on government troops in the region.

Rebel fighters aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar gather in a village in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state on 8 February 2014 (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

Abdallah Kuot, spokesperson of the opposition forces under the overall command of General Dau Aturjong told Sudan Tribune on Thursday that their fighters have taken control of Achana, a strategic town located along the supply line linking northern Bahr el Ghazal with neigbouring Sudan.

The opposition official said several officers and local officials have joined the ranks and files from the areas three days before gaining control of the area without major resistance from the government.

“Our forces have taken complete control of Achana today, which is one of the strategic towns in the area, given that it links the two countries. It is on the supply route to Nyamellel after passing through several other town and villages to Aweil town, capital of northern Bahr el Ghazal state”, said Kuot.

He said fierce fighting has taken place between government and the armed opposition forces in the south west of Western Bahr el Ghazal states after taking control of Bazia.

The clashes, according to local officials and residents, which involved the use of heavy artillery and tanks, has been taking place some 50 kilometers outside Wau, capital of Western Bahr el Ghazal state.

There were many reports of injuries inflicted on government forces army whose commanding officers in the area have accused the rebels of launching a full-scale offensive in violation of ceasefire.

Clashes between government troops and the rebels have recently intensified along supply line underlying the intent with which the rival forces are fighting to deny the other of supplies.

“We could hear the battle rage around Bazia, which lies on the main crossing point between Western Equatoria and Western Bahr el Ghazal. There was a near constant barrage of artillery throughout the afternoon. Smoke rose on the horizon and on three occasions I saw government soldiers firing multiple rocket launchers towards rebel positions”, a local administrative officer told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

Local government Minister in Western Bahr el Ghazal s, Angelo Taban, confirmed in a separate interview that fighting has been taking place in the area but said government forces were in control of the situation. “There have been attempts by the rebels but our gallant SPLA forces have been in control of the situation and now everything is returning to normal”, Taban told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

He claimed that there is clear evidence that a foreign government is helping the rebels in the area and with heavy weapons and soldiers. The exact number of dead might only emerge with time, but both sides appear to have taken significant losses and it remains unclear which side of the rival forces is in control of the security situation.

Meanwhile, opposition fighters under the overall command of General Khamis Abdullatif claimed on Thursday to have overrun government control town of Akot, killing at least six government soldiers and wounding several others in the clash believed to be the first major military engagement in the area since he travelled to the area in early May.

However, several government officials denied that the clashes in Akot were carried out by the armed opposition forces but by armed local youth who went on rampage after one of their colleagues was killed by the government soldiers in the area.

“There are no rebels in Lakes state. The claim that they have taken control of Akot is a mere propaganda. Yes, there was a fighting yesterday but it was not between our forces and the rebels. It was a misunderstanding between the youth and SPLA forces”, said

Daniel Deng Monydit, a Member of Parliament representing Rumbek county in the national legislative assembly in the national legislative assembly said on Thursdsy that the genesis of the misunderstanding between the youth and the government troops was over the commercial truck which the youth stopped and killed the owner.

“What I have been told is that there was commercial truck travelling to Rumbek on the Akot road but it was stopped and the owner was killed and the goods were looted. The SPLA forces were coming from Rumbek and the got the vehicles being looted and the owner killed, so they decided to intervene but the youth did not want to listen. The discussion asking them to stop the looting the vehicle and leave went on at the distance until it reached the pointing of exchange fire during which one person on the side of the youth was killed and another was wounded and the SPLA forces proceeded to Akot," said the MP.

"On seeing that one of their colleagues have been killed, the youth decided to mobilize themselves and followed the SPLA soldiers to Akot where they carried out attack on them, killing six soldiers and wounding others. This is the information I received. It was not a fighting between the rebels and our forces”, he added.

He denied Akot had not fallen to the rebels nor have the rebels ever operated in the area, adding "Those are lies. They want to just take advantage of the situation”.

Observers point out that if Bazia, Akot and Achan remain under the opposition control, it would pose significant security threat to the government forces while representing the most significant gain in territory on the side of the opposition fighters in the region.

The latest violence will spread more distrust and will shake the confidence of leaders and diplomatic efforts trying to broker real peace.


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  • 5 June 2015 15:09, by Clausewitz

    In it’s zeal to provide much needed credibility to the rebels, Sudan Tribune has gotten it wrong yet again. Achana is not a strategic ’town’ — it’s a village. Sudan Radio Tamazuj -which has proven itself to be far more credible- correctly reported that Achana is just a village, not a strategic town.

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    • 5 June 2015 15:25, by Frak Cho

      This propaganda war will not take the rebels ahead. This can tell the South Sudan rebels lack credibility to themselves. Achana is a village north of Kwargeno between Tonj and Wau. In fact Achana is within Warrap State. As for Akot within Rumbek East. The grass surrounding Akot never felt the present of the rebels leave alone the people. Bazia’s capture is a wish. What a shameful movement!

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      • 5 June 2015 21:20, by Eastern


        But you should appreciate the location of Achana. The forest cover is very strategic for guerrilla warefare. If you have ever travelled from Romic in Tonj East to Farak Sika or from Thiet town to Farak Sika via Marial Lou, you would appreciate the importance of Achana, a forlorn Jur village!

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        • 6 June 2015 10:06, by Lango2010

          Sudan tribune is proving to be at the side of any negative credit to the Republic of South Sudan.
          let me tell them that Achana is my Home Village in Northern Bahr El Ghazal not Western Bahr El Ghazal. not even a County where did you get that strategy town from?
          there are no government troops is Achana get it right.
          stop your fault propaganda.

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      • 6 June 2015 04:58, by Hardlinner

        People in lake state are more happy to kill riek than support him. We vividly remember what he as done to people of lake state in 1991. And I’m pretty sure people of north bahr el ghazal are equally happy to see riek dead than rule over them. The same apply to most people in west bahr el ghazal. Any one that threat peace in our states of bahr el ghazal must be kill.

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  • 5 June 2015 16:37, by Kim Deng

    The Dinka Kingdom is burning from all corners.

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    • 5 June 2015 17:35, by Clausewitz

      Kim Deng

      You are delusional, kim. How is the ’kingdom’ ’burning’ when you have not taken a single Dinka town? The vast majority of Nuer counties are under the control of the SPLA, and so it’s your area that is *burning*. Being the simpletons that you are, the rebels will continue to find it comically easy to fool you.

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      • 5 June 2015 23:19, by Kim Deng

        Jang (Rommel),

        You should recognize and appreciate what these sell-out Nuer have been doing on half of Dinka Kindom against their own kins in Greater Upper Nile (Nuer Empire).

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    • 5 June 2015 17:53, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      This war is meant by Dinka to fight Nuer as Riak Machar & his supporters think. Dinka is too big to fight Nuer.

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      • 6 June 2015 04:38, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        Correction! This war is NOT meant by DINKA to fight Nuer as Riak Machar & his supporters think. Dinka is too big to fight Nuer.

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        • 6 June 2015 20:24, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

          Info; Dear Chief-editer,manager,bloggers,reporters and writters of ST,take this seriously,rebels of Riak Machar will never capture a tinny land in lakes state even if there’s no govt soldiers deployed untill the end of this conflict,call me a liar should the manage to capture a village and sleep in one day.so stop talkings or including LS in ur conflicts or rebel activities in it,we feel ashamed.

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  • 6 June 2015 22:19, by Kerem

    Wonders shall never end as far as war in south Sudan between two SPLMs baptized by the name of "Dinka-Nuer war". The entire Lakes state is known for their ruthless killing among themselves but now the greedy Khamis Abdalatif who sold his body to Arabs is claiming

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