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South Sudan arrests 76 suspected Islamist fighters


October 23, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudanese government announced arrest of 76 suspected members of Somalis Al-Shabab group attempting to cross into the neighbouring Sudan through Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.

Al-Shabab, Mogadishu, Somalia (Getty)

Speaking to reporters on Friday after the weekly council of ministers’ meeting, cabinet affairs minister Martin Elias Lomuro described usage of South Sudan by Islamist fighters as route to Sudan – and eventually to the Middle East, as a new potential security threat.

“The Ministry of Interior reported of potential presence of Al Shabaab and other Islamic organizations in our country,” said Lomuro.

“Apparently they (ministry of interior) have identified and apprehended 76 people who are of Kenyan and Somalis origin who were caught trying to cross into Sudan from South Sudan,” he said.

Of those arrested in Juba, thirty-three of the suspects had valid passports and three lack traveling documents.

“Forty (suspects) who are now in Aweil completely have no (travelling documents) on them. They are just moving across our country. We believe that they are related to Islamic organizations including Al Shabaab,” he said.

It is the first time South Sudan is reporting presence of Islamists that is fighting an internationally recognized and supported by African Unions troops and Somalis government.

Minister Lomuro said the group have not carried out any attack. He blamed the killings in South Sudan on local insurgency and rival tribal groups.

“Generally speaking, there are indications of increase in criminality, gang activity; inter-communal conflicts in various parts of South Sudan and particularly in Lakes [state] that have costed a lot of lives,” he added.

The minister further revealed that there are also armed groups, particularly in Western Equatoria state; in Maridi, Mundri, as well as in Wonduruba payam on Juba-Yei road and on Kajo Keji-Juba road.

It remained unclear what the government would do with the arrested foreign nationals and whether or not sure if they were truly belonging the terrorist groups.


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  • 24 October 2015 09:16, by Akuma

    The arrest of Al-Shabab groups is a great lesson to Immigration officers that they are not competent in their work because you can’t allow foreigner to enter into the country without a valid documents. Ministry of Interior must investigate all immigration officers along all checkpoint of entry into South Sudan otherwise they fail the nation

    • 24 October 2015 09:41, by Khent

      This has all the hallmarks of a knee-jerk reaction. There is a difference between vigilance and paranoia and we must distinguish between the two. I don’t want us to start treating every Muslim as a potential terrorist. What evidence does Juba have that these Somalis are ’Islamist fighters’? After years of failing in every regard and category...

      • 24 October 2015 09:47, by Khent

        .. Juba just wants to be seen as a credible guarantor of National Security when this couldn’t be further from the truth. I really don’t want to come off as retrogressive in my thinking, but I only have one or two reservations with regard to Islam in this country. I don’t want to accord Raja County [a Muslim majority County] State status...

        • 24 October 2015 10:10, by Khent

          ..And so I think that Western Bahr el Ghazal should not be divided. It should remain as it is. I also don’t want any funding coming in from the Gulf States for religious institutions and places of worship. We cannot permit the seeds of Salafism to be planted in South Sudan. The scourge of religion must be bridled.

          • 24 October 2015 10:20, by Khent

            Christianity shouldn’t be let off the hook either. It is through this religion that South Sudanese learned to show embarrassing deference to Jews - because apparently, they’re God’s ’chosen people’. A god they invented chose them? Hmmm, is anybody surprised? South Sudan should only establish self-serving security links with Israel. That’s it. A large dose of political realism is needed...

            • 24 October 2015 11:07, by Khent

              Not only am an atheist, I’m an anti-theist and so I have nothing but contempt for the Abrahamic faiths. I don’t want our people to regard and treat anybody else as special or ’chosen’. It’s embarrassing. I’ve read articles in which Israelis [upon arriving in South Sudan] were immediately embraced as ’God’s chosen people’. Message to Christians: You should bloody well stop it!

    • 24 October 2015 10:06, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Those groups are called by Riek Machar, to fight government criminally.

      • 24 October 2015 11:10, by Khent

        Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        Do you have any *evidence* for this? No? Then why say it? People should stop making things up. It’s really annoying.

        • 24 October 2015 12:32, by Bentiu Sudan


          I never been happy about your comments, but today I appreciate your comments to the Lumoro article and your answer to Ayuiu. If you continue think and talk like this, you would be the best leader ever. South Sudan leaders lead young South Sudanese people into total darkness. It will take us another 30 years to see light again.

      • 25 October 2015 01:00, by Malakal county Simon


        Poor boy, can’t get any better each day. why making yourself looked like a foolsih all the time? You know why?? Is because you you like rushing to point finger at any one withot comtemplate first...... Please from now on, learn how to contemplate things in order to justify your argments and most importantly, to compell your reader’s...... Thanks Slave!!

      • 25 October 2015 20:50, by jubaone

        Ayuiu Makuach

        Now this is one of your convoluted jienge-logic. Twisted, out-of-point and simply foolish. Note, all border Points are manned by corrupt jienge soldiers, greedy for money and they let such Al-shabbab terrorists for a few US Dollars. It is like one could sell his own sister/mother just for a few dollars, that is what the jienges can do. Idiot.

  • 24 October 2015 09:20, by hellonearth

    These are just innocent Somalians who are looking for a better life Lomoro. Just be direct in what you are trying to say. You want the UPDF to stay in South Sudan longer isn’t it.

  • 24 October 2015 10:37, by sudani ana

    This is funny. Arresting 76 Somali and Kenyan suspected Alshabab members, while 2000 armed JEM rebel fighters on 4x4 trucks and armed to their teeth are allowed free access into Sudan.

    Well done SAF for destroying them in God Dango.

    • 24 October 2015 10:38, by sudani ana

      Goz Dango.

    • 24 October 2015 13:20, by South South

      Sudani Ana,

      Terrorism is in your blood, terrorism is in you father blood, terrorism is in your grandfather blood and terrorism is what RADICAL ISLAM teaches day and night. Son of terrorist.

  • 24 October 2015 11:32, by Bentiu Sudan

    South Sudan government is a government that has extreme natural liars. These people did not arrest anyone, but they just want to make a case so the African Union and international community can support them in the peace talk in Addis Ababa. How about South Sudanese who cross from Sudan to Egypt are they terrorists?

  • 24 October 2015 11:41, by Bentiu Sudan

    Lomuro and Kiir,

    Your liars placed South Sudan in senseless civil war and now your liars is going to put the citizens of South Sudan at risks in Muslims nations including Sudan. If you act negatively against Muslims, prosecute Muslims for what they did not do and do not have intention to do, you will definitely see terrorist activities in South Sudan. please do not humiliate Muslims for no reason

  • 24 October 2015 17:10, by Konan

    There is a large number of Somali refugees in Sudan since the beginning of the civil war in their country. They use to enter Sudan through Ethiopia and Eritrea with the aim to migrate to Europe from Libya. If Alshaba wanted to come to Sudan then they know the route. This false story is full of gaps. To make a better story S.S Govt. should say they entered S.S. to fight the Ugandan Army.

  • 25 October 2015 06:28, by William Atak Garang.

    Those terrorist should be handed to the international community for the further investigation. I believe it might not be their first time to enter in our territory Government need to be alert of them otherwise they are the one fueling our internally crisis.

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