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Lakes state: 12 arrested for killing SPLA soldiers in cattle camp


January 13, 2013 (RUMBEK) - Twelve men suspected to have participated in the killing of seven South Sudanese soldiers and three civilians from neighbouring Warrap have been arrested in Lakes State, according to local authorities.

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Lakes State Minister of Local Government and Law Enforcement Agency Benjamin Makuer Mabor, 26 June 2012 (ST)

The incident occurred on Thursday when South Sudan’s army (SPLA) accompanied three men from Warrap to a cattle camp belonging to the Dinka Gok in Cueibet County to try and identify cows that had been stolen from them last year.

Responding to the clash on Friday, Lakes State’s Governor Chol Tong Mayay instructed his minister of Local Government and Law Enforcement Agency, Benjamin Makuer Mabor, to travel to Malual-chum cattle camp in Tiap-tiap payam [district] of Cueibet County to investigate the violence.

Makuer told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that the 12 suspects were being held at Rumbek Central Correctional Prison, while “serious investigations" were continuing to arrest others.

As well as the seven soldiers and three civilians who were killed, he said, three SPLA officers sustained injuries during the clash.

The Dinka Gok civilians were reportedly angry that the SPLA had brought pastoralists from Warrap to search for their lost cattle, a move which prompted them to attack the soldiers using sticks, managing to capture 12 firearms from them. This, according to Makuer, is what sparked the firefight.

While arresting the suspects, he said, authorities managed recapture 8 AK47 rifles, adding that he was confident that the other guns will be returned to the state headquarters.

"According [to] the intelligence reports we are getting, 15 pastoralists youth participated in this killing of soldiers. We are sure all suspected people will be capture and arrested as well investigation will continue," the minister said.

Cattle raiding is a major issue in South Sudan, with the practice and related violence killing hundreds each year. There are still a large number of small arms believed to be in the hands of civilians in South Sudan, a legacy of the civil war that led to South Sudan’s independence in 2011 and the mixed results from previous disarmament campaigns.


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  • 14 January 2013 08:59, by master

    these claimed suspects are real heros they must release them immediately
    SPLA not south sudan army
    it’s dinka army

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    • 14 January 2013 09:18, by Morthon Akol

      I know you are one of theme, but one day you will stopped by yourself my friend.

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    • 14 January 2013 09:26, by william mawien

      we do not practice gayism killing citizen (genocide) every day and night ?;?;?;?all people are equal in south Sudan ?;;?;;;?you are crying for south Sudan ??;;;;;;south is already an independent state with its national army (spla)your country north Sudan is disintegrating with your gay party ncp
      national criminal party
      national gay party
      national looting other country’minerals party;

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      • 14 January 2013 16:20, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

        hello william brother what happen in Lake State ? could you Exaplane ?am sorry for you Dinkas , Raiding cattle all the time you forgetting that we are in the New Nation Sorry about you Dinkas.

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    • 14 January 2013 10:34, by Majongdit

      Silly comment! That is all I can afford to say. If SPLA is all Dinka then what connection can a sensible mind make out of it clashes with Gok of Cueibet, which is also a Dinka tribe. You need to grow up be sharing the podium with a chief!

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      • 14 January 2013 12:05, by william mawien

        All neighbouring states with nuer are affected by cattle raiding ????????why?can some body answer it

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        • 14 January 2013 13:25, by Al-mezan

          Mawien, are you really a S.Sudanese, why do you always get off point? Plse, contribute ideas for better S.SD, and leave pulling discussion along tribal lines. Those criminals must face justice.

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        • 14 January 2013 16:28, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

          hahaaa Uselles Dinkas you for getting the Development in our new nation , you are still using of raiding Cattle ,when will you learning ?

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          • 15 January 2013 02:44, by Daniel Deng.

            Bilpam or whatever u call yourself pls stop airing out word Dinka in ur mouth every single day u talks , dear bro not every Dinka is doing the same otherwise pls man try to be nice on site when r saying something that everybody is gonna share with , than ur negative words

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    • 14 January 2013 10:56, by EES Kingmaker

      Come on. How can suspects be real heroes? A suspect is a suspect even if he/she is the head of state. Do you call Bashir hero when ICC arrest warrant is hovering over him? In the eyes of ICC and some of us, Bashir may be the Sudanese President but an ICC suspect until proven innocent before the competent law court.

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      • 14 January 2013 10:59, by EES Kingmaker

        In 70s and 80s, the Sudan armed forces, which are now reduced to NCP moronic militias, were dominated by Nuba and Fur and some tribes of Eastern Sudan. Do you call them tribal army?

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        • 14 January 2013 14:07, by Bungachier 50

          Dear Colleagues & readers of STN,
          The SPLA are becoming a Tribalistic Army, always citing with some Tribes, Clans and Sub-Clans. Unless they stop this attitudes of being used by some Politicians, such inccidencies will always occure. Blame the civilians not. After all, Civil cases are supposed to be handled by SSPS not SPLA.

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  • 14 January 2013 11:01, by william

    To discourage daily dying in south sudan we better keep jangle law until the citizen which truamatized by war has reformed. Therefore, he who killed must be killed, inorder to deter this particular act.

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    • 14 January 2013 13:00, by Dukdal

      I agree with you my dear, when we were in the bush, cattle camp youth have never been against the SPLA those days. I wanted those suspects when proven guilty, they should face fires quad like the way they killed our beloved brothers.

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      • 14 January 2013 14:26, by Bungachier 50

        Dukdal & William!
        The SPLA we used to have when we were in the Bush is different from the ones we have now in terms of Proffessionalism? Do you agree? If you agree, then "Dale!" 80% of the guys we have now in the ARMY, joint b’se of SALARIES, unlike the ones we had before who joint b’se of the spirit of "PATRIOTISM". Facts must be told Yajamana!!..

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      • 14 January 2013 16:05, by Moral Agent

        william and Dukdal
        the mentaltiy of bush you guys have is problem In many ways that mentality can not subsidised south sudan development let the SPLA or government create sustainable security and then we can talk about justice otherwise give a chance to people who can do something because everthing has to go through stages...

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  • 14 January 2013 16:22, by master

    the real problem is that you are not understanding your people and their behavior
    the normal behavior in south sudan is to be aggressive against each other with some exceptions like shullk in upper nile and equatorians tribes

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