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Eight killed in fresh violence in Abyei, administration faults Sudanese army


May 2, 2011 (ABYEI) – The Administration of the contested region of Abyei on Monday accused members of Joint Integrated Unit (JIU) of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) in the area of initiating fresh clashes in which eight soldiers have been confirmed dead.

Several others were equally reported to have sustained severe injuries in the fighting involving local police forces against some members of the Joint Integrated Units on Sunday 1 May, 2011.

This violence occurred following reports from officials in Abyei that armed elements identified by their military uniform as belonging to the Sudan Armed Forces, using heavy machine guns mounted on three pick-up vehicles, launched an attack on a local police post, on Saturday, killing one police officer and slightly injuring another in Damoloya, 12 miles north of Abyei town.

Several other foot soldiers were reported to have participated in the attack reportedly lasted over three hours.

Tensions are rapidly building up as forces loyal to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, and the Sudan Armed Forces are reported to have established fortified camps close to each other in the area.

The clash follows a contentious statement by the Sudanese President, Omer Hassan Ahmed Al Bashir, at a gubernatorial rally, in south Kordodan town of Muglad in which he was quoted, last Tuesday, as saying Abyei belongs to the north and will remain part of the north.

"Abyei is part of north Sudan and will remain of the north. We do not say this just here. We say it in many forums and occasions", said Sudanese President Al-Bashir in a live statement on National Omduran Radio on Wednesday.

Bashir also threatened to wage war if the SPLM attempt to annex Abyei to the South Sudan.

Acuil Akol Miyen, minister of finance in Abyei Administration, told Sudan Tribune, on Monday 2, 2011, that the fighting was triggered by SAF attempts of arms buildup in the area, without the knowledge of the local administration and United Nations.

"A fighting took place yesterday on Sunday 2, 2011 between Lenger [named in Arabic as Goli] and Todach over attempts made by Sudan Armed Forces component of the Joint Integrated Units in the area to beef up its military forces. The clashes occurred at around 4.00pm and continued until 6:30PM between local police and Sudan Armed Forces component of the Joint Integrated Units", said Acuil on Monday.

The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) set up by U.S. movie star George Clooney released images last March confirming buildup of firepower by the armed forces from north and south Sudan in the volatile area.

"Northern-aligned troops appear to have constructed a forward operating base in the past two weeks at Bongo (...). The Bongo base is some 20 kilometers to the north of where SPLA-aligned forces appear to have trenched in at the razed villages of Todach and Tajalei," according to SSP analysis.

Minister Acuil said two policemen were killed and four others sustained injuries in the fighting while several dead bodies on the side of SAF were found left on the ground after the clash and local police seized weapons the northern troops wanted to take into the town.

"On our side, 2 policemen were lost in the fight and 4 others were injured but they inflicted heavy casualties on the attacking forces of the Sudan Armed Forces component of the Joint Integrated Unit, but they have taken the weapons. Six dead bodies were found left on the ground as several of them fled into the bush when they were engaged with the police forces in the fight", he further said.

He said more than six soldiers whose bodies were found might have been killed because the police were quick to realize the intention of the Sudanese forces.

"I believe more than just the six dead bodies might have been killed because the local police were quick to realize intention of the Sudan Armed Forces and chased them leaving behind weapons they wanted to bring into the town without the knowledge of the local administration and UN".


Acuil alleged that the SAF force in the joint units arranged to bring more weapons than their counterpart from the SPLA without the knowledge of the local administration and United Nations.

"The Sudan Armed Forces component of the Joint Integrated Units in Abyei has 15 heavy machine guns of 12.7 mm mounted on vehicles while Sudan People’s Liberation Army component of the Joint Integrated Unit has only four machine guns. The SPLA forces are not equipped in equal number as they are supposed to have the same number of vehicles and weapons".

He also went to say that the SPLA according to a joint agreement, has to deploy more troops and weapons but due to logistical and administrative challenge, the central command of South Sudan army failed to do so up to date.

"So, in pursuit of the agreement, the SPLA command last week, instead of sending 11 machine guns, sent in only six machine guns and four other will arrive. But there is still a need for additional five machine guns," he said stressing that northern troops got more vehicles early this year.

The minister went to say that despite this clear difference in armament, the SAF still want to bring more weapons claiming that SPLA forces have brought in more military supplies. "This was why they want to bring in more weapons," Acuil said.

He also claimed that the northern troops attempted to increase their strength and brought more than 200 additional soldiers with in clear violations of the signed agreements.

Acuil accused Khartoum building up power fire to control Abyei in the future.

"This is the ploy but we know it", he said, adding that the over 3,000 troops which came to the oil producing region in early March, 2011 joined the fighting on Sunday.

Rahama Abdel Rahman Al Nur, deputy chief administrator reached by Sudan Tribune declined to comment on the incident saying the issue was still at the military level. "I cannot comment and cannot confirm anything because this is a military issue and it is still at the military level", he said.

Last January the South Sudan voted overwhelmingly in favor of secession from the north. But the two parties of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement failed to organize another referendum where people in Abyei were to decide whether they want to remain in north Sudan or join the independent South Sudan. The NCP and SPLM differ on who can participate in the vote.


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  • 3 May 2011 10:36, by Liberator


    Now, what? I know there will be no actions except constant shouting and empty threats. You will only flee and cry for international help.

    An ethnic bunches who are quick to get media brave at their brothers and always dancing at their brothers death.

    but too afraid to confront the real enemy!!!!!!!!!

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    • 3 May 2011 11:12, by Peter Nhiany

      Liberator, you such a preposterious kind of human being. blind pig big who is always inconsistent on very important and sensitive subject matters.

      What confrontation do you mean and do you want? SPLA police forces killed and captured weapons belong to the enemy.

      I really do not understand what is in your mind. SPLA is not afriad of NCP that is why Khartoum did not defeat it during the 21 years of battle.

      SPLA do not want war over peace Mr. Liberator because it is not an agent of killing. You needs to grow up my friend and talk like a grown up person. Your language is so toxic and it is not appreciated in this community.

      I thought you were a decent person, but I began to learn and realized that you are such immature animal who doesn’t know the language of peace talk. Your activities on this website are irrelevant and that is a shame on some one like you.

      Please leave alone nonsensical ideaologies and grow more sensible one. You do not really want to be risible all the time on this forum.

      It would be so prodigious if you can look back and see how far we have come than to behave in a way that will cause regression in our nation.

      Negativity does not pay you with profit, but with loss my friend. I know you will be pleased with my comment and that is okay because you are not making any one please on this site,

      Thank you.

      Peter Nhiany.

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    • 3 May 2011 11:21, by Kon Ajith Deng

      Violence with violence is only seloution,Dinkas has no mind for peaceful seloution,Abey is the north according to CPA,the border between the South and the north is 1/1/56, why you need Abey to be the South?it is for your Dinkas,let them be kiilled like the animals.

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      • 3 May 2011 11:31, by onlysonmabi

        My Dog Kon you seem to be stupid in maind do you know the story of Abyei please if you are bounght by Arab this money will do nothing to you.
        and please stop using thoes name were do you come from shut your amok please .

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      • 3 May 2011 11:40, by Born to Achieve


        You must be made,what do you know about CPA?no person of a sound mind would suggest violance vs violance as a solution for a problem.
        Dont reason in that way bro..otherwise the south would be in danger to have a people like you.

        Abyei is 100%Southern,comprehend!

        Think positive.

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        • 3 May 2011 14:56, by Kon Ajith Deng

          You,the people of Abey,all of you are crazy,you want to take the southern sudanese to the war with the north again,what had you been during the war with the north,you had not been with arab as slaves ?and why was Abey separated from southern protecol?being dinkas will not make you southerners, go with your arabs,and if you doubt about that, ask your Uncle Francis Deng.

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      • 3 May 2011 11:50, by Peter Nhiany

        Kon Ajith Deng, listen to yourself talking. ARe you kidding me? You are another blind pig like Mr. Liberator. I hate to see myself get inolve such pathetic talk.

        I do not understand what is wrong with you people that you so much hate Dinka people. What have they done to you? What I know Dinka had done for you is tht, they brought to you CPA on a " gloden Plate."

        Kon, your name sounds like Dinka, but I do not care whether you are dinka or else; you got it wrong brother and you really need to rethink it.

        You can call death to Dinka, but that will not make them go extinct in South Sudan. Abyei does not belong Northern Sudan; its belong to the nine Ngok Kingdom.

        I would have given you some reources to learn more information from, but I would not do that because you have do not interest in Abyei to be South Sudan territory. You are speaking in the voice of cowardiness and defeated weak heart.

        If you are tired of dealing with Bashir and his thugs, therefore, you should stay away from being involve in issues pertaining to South Sudan that are of national importance. Abyei belongs to Ngok of South Sudan and will always be.

        Thank you.

        Peter Nhiany.

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      • 4 May 2011 06:24, by Bol Deng

        Kon Ajith, David Kuol, Liberator, truthteller, and likes,

        Please, you guys must leave Abyei issue the SPLA/ liberators.

        All of you are sons of Nyagat. We are capable to defend AByei like the way we defended the South without your likes. Thanks

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    • 3 May 2011 11:40, by Bin Laden II

      Mr. Man.
      You are mentally confused. Abyei issue is a Southern Sudanese issue, not a Dinka one as you put it. SS Police are not Dinkas to be honest. Peter Nhiany worth the nick name" Liberator" because he rushed into paying his tribute to our brothers killed in the incident. Great Peter!

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      • 3 May 2011 12:03, by Peter Nhiany

        Bin Laden II, come on man. What do you mean by Bin Laden? We are going after you soon; hahahaha, just teasing. Anyways, thank you so much for your understaing of my point and thank you for your compliment if you did so.

        People like so call Liberator are doomed preposterous human beings who do not think of anything good at all. If one is tired with his own life, then he wants others to be in his basket. That is not going to happen in South Sudan. People like Kon Ajith Deng who is not really Kon Ajith deserves condemnation for their evil tribalistic talk.

        I love our country and the people no mather how bad some people could or may be whether Dinka, Nuer, Equatorians. These are the only three communities pulling hatred chain on this website and for sure in really life.

        We really need to learn and do better so we erectify the mess we have in our country. Thank you for everything Bin Laden. Peace to all South Sudanese.

        And thank you once again.

        Peter Nhiany.

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    • 4 May 2011 10:25, by Ariambek

      Faking Liberator, Dinka defeated NIL in Khartoum and so many militias in the S.Sudan including your father. With experiences Dinka will defeated Arab who wants to invade Abyei. (Sincerely speaking I am non-Dinka; please note that Dinka dealing with Arabs in Sudan since the beginning up to CPA)

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  • 3 May 2011 10:51, by amon

    This regime should be decapitated by the Americans as they continue to practice aggression and terrorism against innocent people.

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  • 3 May 2011 11:18, by Peter Nhiany

    It is unfortunate that we lost a policeman. My condolences goes to the family of deceased. My heartfelt prayers goes to our brothers who have been injured in the clask.

    I just want thank our SPLA men and women in uniform for their heroic action for defending Abyei. We will not lost Abyei to ruthless Khartoum regime.

    I know SPLA can defeat SAF with those fewer machine guns regardless of heavy SAF is armed. We have an audacity to move forward to defend our borders. Long live SPLA; Long live South Sudan.

    Peter Nhiany.

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  • 3 May 2011 11:55, by Ngiechjam

    I don,t see why u usually like to be the first to comment in any article, and your comments gives no interest at all this is my first time to put some one name responding his comment, Am sorry and sorry to see u wasting your energy commenting for what is not related to Article, if you do listen then listen r now.

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    • 3 May 2011 12:28, by amon


      Don’t waste your time on Liberator, he is one of the member of the cursed communities of South Sudan,he knows nothing and understands nothing. Most of his comments here are useless, meaningless and irrelevant to the topics.

      Now we have seen that the Arabs are planning to wage war against us but we are just busy with tribalism, hatred, cattle-wrestling and tribal fighting. Just see the trick here when the Arabs see us not united like like this, they want to take the advantage of it and this is because of our stupidity.

      I don’t know are we going to defend this vast land of ours in disunity like this? I really feel sorry for all the cursed communities of South Sudan.

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  • 3 May 2011 14:39, by Abikach Ayuel

    Guyz talking ill about Dinka or Nuer or Equatorians show how primitive u r! Brothers, Not unless u know qualities of learned persons, and if u don’t know, then u r far behind from being just noise and aimleSs beings ! What have u done to show or reflect that u r really telling the truth as u alleged ? I think one of u is totally mad if I cud really reveal his character, and nothing he will do to change for betterness of him and his associates ! Am afraid that God creates such heartless people who really dig their graves and expect to be buried alive ! Who r u ? Just define what nationalism is, and u will see that it doesn’t need to know ur status in life ! Why do u fail to define ur reasons against Dinka or Nuer then give solution or ask 4 solution shame on u tension raiser !
    Thank u, be persons with principles !

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    • 3 May 2011 14:51, by Mr. Truthteller

      Abyei will take the South back to war prematurely before July if it is not removed from South Sudan draft constitution.

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      • 3 May 2011 19:58, by Peter Nhiany

        Mr. Truthteller, Whether or not Abyei take South Sudan back to war, we need it by all accounts. Which ever way it will remain Southern territory.

        I understand the concerns and fear that are going to be faced by our people. But it will not be worthy if we let Khartoum walk away with Abyei with pride it does not derseves. That is not going to happen regardless of how much power it has to wage war on us.

        Abyei will be in the South whether by court ruling or by bullet or direct negotiation.

        That is not our fear right now, because Khartoum is going to experience popular uprising in it own backyard. We South Sudanese have an audacity to bring Abyei back to our borders. Long live nine Ngok kingdoms, long live South Sudan and its people.

        Peter Nhiany.

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        • 3 May 2011 22:41, by Wen De David Kuol

          FIghters in Abyei are all Oppositions in the South Sudan. they are implementing the NCP Agenda of rule by force.

          How sure are they that Abyei belong to the the South Sudan.

          FOr those with childdish mind, EMpty drum make more noise.



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          • 4 May 2011 06:45, by Peter Nhiany

            Hello Wend de David Kuol. Everybody is entitled to their own personal opinion, and I would not deprive you for that right. However, you got it wrong.

            I do not understnd why many of our brothers are so hopeless on the issue of Abyei. Now that you pose a question, "How sure are they that Abyei belong to the the South Sudan?"

            Instead you ask me or others, I would rather ask you that why do you think that Abyei does not belong to South Sudan?

            Number two, you said that those in Abyei are "implementing NCP agendas." What agendas are you talking about here and why are they fighting Arabs if they are cooparating with NCP?

            Would you please give the public some insight on your knowledge that People from Abyei are opposition to the SPLA/M and their emplementation of NCP’s agendas. Yes I understand that "empty vessel makes more noise."

            I do not understand who are you referring to as you stated it. I’m not going to explore it furher; I will leave it to you to comtemplate about it.

            And thank you.

            Peter Nhiany.

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  • 3 May 2011 22:16, by Gathoth Gai

    To all of you those who like to comment,

    Can you guys foreget about the tribalism and think about what going to happen now in Republic of South Sudan.Furthermore,on Abyei issues,Dinka Ngok are part of us no matter what they done back in the day.

    Therefore,at this time we can not blaim these generation of Dinka Ngok because they were not there during Arob Koul or Koul Arob,when he sale Abyei to Arab traders.

    To me its okay to lost life on Abyei Issue because ABYEI it’s part of our Land no matter what.Unlikely,for you those who think that these CPA was brough by Dinka,no you very wrong my friends.In otherhand,without Nuer,Equatoria,and many others tribes in South Sudan who fought fore this land there’ill be no CPA IN 2005.

    But,please stop your nonsenes comments and think twice before you destroyed your future otherwise South Sudan will run after you.Incontrast,what i know so far is,many people are using pake names because they fear to be capture by moderator team.Anyways,brothers be wise minded not a blind thinkers otherwise our Country will go to held soon if we don’t stop this differences.

    Many thanks

    That’s my real name man of Republic of South Sudan.

    Gathoth Gai

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