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Civilians storm barracks, kill a soldier in E. Equatoria state

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November 16, 2015 (JUBA) – Angry civilians attacked a military barracks in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state over the weekend and killed a soldier before making off with several ammunitions, area authorities and local residents said on Monday.

South Sudanese SPLA soldiers are pictured in Pageri in Eastern Equatoria state on August 20, 2015 (Photo AFP/Samir Bol)

The attack came a day after an area engineer was killed and the suspects allegedly retreated to a barracks located near Ikwotos county headquarters.

Local residents told Sudan Tribune that Engineer Lopus Athanasio was shot dead about three kilometers from the county headquarters Wednesday.

Traces of the killer’s footsteps reportedly led residents to an army barracks forcing angry youth armed with machetes and rifles to retaliate. While at the army unit, the group demanded that soldiers hand over the engineer’s killers.

The army allegedly responded by firing at the youth and this sparked off the violence.

“When we talked to them, they denied and ordered us out of the barracks and as we were getting out they started shooting us with machine guns and threw a hand grenade [at us]. We then decided to shoot back to them,” a local resident, who preferred anonymity, told Sudan Tribune over phone.

Sounds of gunfire reportedly caused panic as scared residents scampered for safety.

Authorities in Eastern Equatoria state, however, said they had dispatched a team of investigators to determine the cause of the violence.

“Between the time of following the footprints which went to the barracks but did not enter inside, and before they investigated why the footprints were traced to the barracks, confusion erupted among the civilians and the army of which 32 huts of the army were burnt and one army [man] killed,” said local government minister, Lokai Iko.

According to the commissioner for Ikwotos county, Peter Lokeng, those who attacked the military detach stole properties, including six AK-47 rifles.

“We received some guns which have been looted by civilians about six and also the properties of soldiers were reportedly burnt,” he said, urging residents to remain calm.

The army spokesperson, Col. Philip Aguer said he was unaware of the violent incident.

(ST)

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  • 17 November 2015 08:07, by Majak Mangar Chawul

    There should be restrict laws banning the killing of soldiers by civilians especial in three states of Lakes,Western Equatoria and eastern Equatoria and soldiers also have to be discipline by their commands. No civilians in any country without soldiers and no soldiers without civilians.the country belong to all of us and we have to give great respect to soldiers because they suffers from 1983-2015

    • 17 November 2015 09:24, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Majak let us talk sense,killing a soldier is not only in three states all over south sudan,because or soldier do behavior in improper way,for sure civilian is soon going to loose hope from the SPLA.Let the president know this.

  • 18 November 2015 14:56, by Joseph Canada

    The killing of so called a soldier is more important to you that the man an Engineer who got killed by so called a soldier right?
    An engineer is avery important and Educated human and i believe the killer of that man is a well known killer tribe in that Nation. Lobong brought this situation to EES. He sold his Soul to the Devil and he will pay.



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