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LRA rebels kill eight in South Sudan raid, local official says

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By Richard Ruati

September 6, 2010 (Yambio) - The Ugandan rebels Lord’s Resistance Army(LRA) has killed eight people in raids over the weekend in South Sudan’s state of Western Equatoria, a local official has said.

Lord's Resistance Army fighters - photo by Guardian newspaper, UKThe LRA, which is a sectarian religious and military group from northern Uganda, has a history of committing atrocities in the region.

It began as an Acholi tribe rebel movement seeking to overthrow the Ugandan Government. What it stands for now is a matter of debate but in 2005 the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued its first five arrest warrants for LRA leader, Joseph Kony, his deputy and three of his commanders.

Around six LRA fighters attacked the market village of Rii-Bodo at about 2:00 am (local time) on Saturday, 4 August, and killed civilians, said Lexon Amozai who is the state director of the Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission in Western Equatoria State. The murders took place after an LRA ambush at the nearby Nahua stream.

On Friday, the rebels launched a similar assault on the village of Gangura. "They killed eight people there, among them two women. There were no soldiers deployed there, so they attacked the civilians," Amozai said.

A Uganda-led coalition including Congo and South Sudan launched a joint offensive against the LRA strongholds in Congo’s isolated Garamba National Park on December 14, after LRA leader Kony again failed to sign a peace deal. However, the operation has failed to arrest Kony.

On Sunday, August 5, related attacks were carried out in James Diko, Naakiri Bomas and during the funeral of one of the LRA victims in Bangasu.

Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro, Governor of Western Equatoria State (WES), expressed his deep regret for the deaths of local citizens in Rii-Bodo.

In a press statement, Bangasi said that, “it is painful to see the barbaric killings of the innocent citizens of Western Equatoria by the notorious LRA fighters, especially as the referendum is around the corner.”

He called upon the youth of WES to show strength in order to assist the Ugandan People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in their endeavors to maintain security in the state against the marauding LRA.

Bakosoro assured citizens that, “more UPDF forces will be deployed around the most attacked areas of the Bomas [the smallest of local government units].”

He called upon the forestry department to ensure that “all timber cutters are removed from the forests of the state because it makes no sense for the LRA to be killing people and leaving them (timber companies) unharmed. Hence is our suspicion that some them might be LRA spies.”

Meanwhile the Minister of Local Government and Law Enforcement Agencies, Wilson Sidigi, said that he will ensure that support is given to maintaining the villagers’ security.

Sidigi promised that he would work with the County Commissioners of Yambio and Nzara to encourage the youth to stand firm, as the security of the State is in the hands of all its citizens.

Security sources say that the state government’s deployment of "forces around the payams [villages] and Bomas,” is imminent.

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  • 7 September 2010 04:48, by Wal P Muoranyar Biet

    Solutions!

    Give everybody in that area guns and amunitions! I’m sick and tired of these killing of our people!

    Wal Muoranyar

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    • 7 September 2010 05:18, by Kur William

      How coward this community simple you should maintain security of your childdren by confront them with whatever you have otherwise you have get the guns from the Goss as it said by Wal. It dosen,t look good at all to howl all the time for the death of your people while this rebel are just marauders hunting for food. Kur William

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      • 7 September 2010 05:43, by biarawieu

        Hi Kur,
        same community southern sudanese, sisters and brothers. and there is no way for the civilian to protect themself from the rebel, otherwise they are equiped. thank body

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    • 7 September 2010 05:26, by biarawieu

      Hi wal
      i agree with you, the only solution is to arm everyone in the village if the government of the south fail to protect it citizens, another way we to convince mr machar to ask his best friend joseph kony about his target and objectives of war around Sudan and congo border. what i guess Uganda is about 400- 500 km from where they are, joseph kony and al-beshir are most wanted by ICC and they want to kill more as they wish.

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    • 7 September 2010 17:35, by Wed Deng

      I don’t know the hell is the government of southern Sudan doing with those Ugandan’s rebels because every pass by minute, it must to pass with bloody shed which is very wrong. which relationship does the government wanted to maintain with Uganda government? people are dying while some of the people are enjoying life.

      it is very peak life for them.

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  • 7 September 2010 05:51, by DASODIKO

    LRA is a code name for the National Congress Party. They train the fools from the Southerners who are hungry for money in Khartoum and send them to South Sudan through Kafia Kenje to be named LRA. Koney is left alone but supported by those newly trained from Khartoum.

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    • 7 September 2010 07:22, by gatdet

      Better to give arm to everybody that can hold gun in the area if spla and government of south Sudan fail for the security of the citizen in region. i have strongly agree to every one who write this article above .

      By jiad G.k

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  • 7 September 2010 14:35, by Haak

    Shame to the goverment of southern sudan, how can they be like dominate frog who herbinate due to drough season, Kiir Govement should weak up and look at the best solutions to the people security problem, personally i 100% agreed to writers who comment of arming and equiping the community with all neccesary machines guns and ammunition as citizens last option after failed goverment action against LRA.other solution is to threat the Uganda govement to take action agianst his rebels otherwise set a thift to caught thift is what uganda govement want, they beleive south sudan is rebel region hence they have all tactics to get solution to LRA
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    Haakamadology!!!!!!!!!!

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