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Two rebels killed in Jonglei as South Sudan army say situation under control


October 3, 2011 (BOR/JUBA) — At least two people have been reportedly killed in a clash between police and rebel forces loyal to George Athor Deng in Jonglei, but the army however assured the situation is under full control.

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SPLA soldiers (file/Reuters)

The commissioner of Ayod county in Jonglei state, James Thoi Chany, told Sudan Tribune that police forces killed two rebels in a clash that displaced many civilians in Wuidang village on 26 September.

In statements he made on Monday James Thoi said that some patients were among those who fled the clashes. They were receiving treatment in the hospital but they are now without medical supplies, he regretted.

Athor rebelled against the Government of South Sudan after losing the gubernatorial election in Jonglei against Kuol Manyang Juuk in 2010, in what he claimed to be a rigged vote.

He was a major general in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. There are allegations that he has been involved in smuggling in the state. In January 2011 Athor signed a ceasefire yet in February his forces were involved in a 200 casualty “massacre”. In July the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir offered Athor and other rebels an amnesty.

James Thoi said more than 20 luaks, traditional structures to house cattle, have been burnt down and many houses were looted by rebels in Wuidang.

The commissioner said that more than 1,500 troops from Athor’s South Sudan Army operated in three groups. One near Ayenkou village in Duk county and two in Luapol and Yen; both in Ayod.

He pointed out that villagers fear an imminent second attack from Athor’s forces.

However, the South Sudan army, SPLA, played down the impact of the clashes stressing it was limited and quickly controlled.

Speaking from Juba, SPLA spokesperson Phillip Aguer Panyang said that there has been no fighting taking place but that there are reports of three people carrying arms in the area.

"The security situation there is stable", Aguer told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

He further said that SPLA forces have already been dispatched to the area and will arrive on Tuesday morning.

He said reports from local authorities on the ground named three armed individuals on 3 0ctober but that their presence in the area is neither harmful nor a security threat.

He said civilians who were recruited and trained by Athor had been assimilated into their communities when the SPLA defeated the rebel group in March.

Deng Chol, a member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in the area said in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Monday that Athor "has even issued an ultimatum yesterday to anyone carrying a gun in the three counties to voluntarily join him or face the music in the next few days."

Chol said the situation is unclear adding that rumors say that Athor plans to attack more counties in the state.


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  • 4 October 2011 07:59, by Anyangaliec

    Well done to our men in uniforms. It’s absolutely your job and duty to do all you could to restored peace among our citizens of RSS, and I therefore applauds your bravery and courage to protects us and the nation at large. Thanks.

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  • 4 October 2011 08:40, by Dul-anyar

    Sorry Mr. George Athor for being keeping losing come and join the SplA as you are veteran in the movement and wait for next election rather than keeping wars against your felow citizens.

    David Thon

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    • 4 October 2011 09:59, by Abel Leek

      well done Police of Jonglei State for protecting our civil.
      Athor and his group will end up nowhere.
      it is better for him to join his leader Lam Akol.
      such attack will not happen again b,se we are a well equip wiating for his attack.

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  • 4 October 2011 12:35, by Both Nguot

    militia George Athor

    Athor is killing people because of governorship. how many chance a head of us for this post. mr Athor? you’re killing the people who should vote for you in the future. 350 that you kill in Fangak this year plus others in eleven counties of Jonglei state will not make you pass this post? among those you kill vote for you during election. where is your reward?

    shame on

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  • 4 October 2011 18:15, by Mayar

    there are still no justice for what we call Generals in southern sudan, we need a time when a general will be punished for the crime the commited rather than welcoming them back... :-(

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  • 4 October 2011 21:28, by Peacemaker south Sudan

    Mr Athor , should stoped killing civilian ,he can not be a Governor by force , i argue him to Join the government, be fore the amnesity exprire . SPLA Will definitely dealy him .Athor was well known and well respected leader during the war and idon’t see any reason ,for him to stay in the bush while his colleagues are enjoying in towns .
    please come back .this war will not laed you any where

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  • 5 October 2011 09:31

    Mr Athor .It was not a wise decision to take up arms and cause miseries to innocent civilians who have voted for you in large numbers.the fact remain that, elections were rigged across the ten states.it really make sense, if you would have been patient and wait for the next elections.now you can see your subject are the one now bearing untold suffering then your enemies.

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  • 5 October 2011 22:31, by kiir

    it is really painful for our true future leader of tomorrw to kill us again,let salva take with athor.killing of civilia will not pay him any award for sure, be a good leader like before and we will give you a better position in the government.

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