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We didn’t kill UN peacekeepers in Jonglei: rebel group

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April 9, 2013 (JUBA) – A rebel group operating in South Sudan’s Jonglei state has issued a statement denying its involvement in Tuesday’s killing of United Nations peacekeepers and civilians in the region.

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South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army rebels (AFP)

The UN mission in the country said at least five Indian peacekeepers, two of its staff and five civilians were killed near Gumuruk settlement in Pibor County, while some UN staff remained unaccounted for.

Although the UN blamed unidentified armed groups over the attack, the military was quick to point fingers at rebel groups operating in remote parts of Jonglei.

However, South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A); a rebel group fighting the Juba government, denies any involvement in the incident, describing as "false" any accusations against its forces.

“Such an accusation is blatantly unfounded and it was designed to tarnish the image of our gallant forces that are fighting to build and consolidate independent institutions which shall safeguard the rule of law, freedoms, and equity in the Republic of South Sudan,” the group said in a statement.

The rebel reaction is contained in a 9 April statement, issued by one Peter Konyi Kubrin, allegedly the movement spokesperson.

The rebels insist they are not at war with the UN and that its forces have never attacked the latter, since April, last year.

“The allegations of the regime in Juba that falsely accused our forces are unfounded. We encourage the UNMISS to launch a thorough investigation which is not based on preconceived notions or bias against our forces to support the propaganda of the regime in Juba,” the statement reads in part.

The group also lauded the UN mission for its protection of civilians’ role in the country, but urged to mission to read SSDM/A’s “Jebel Boma Declaration” and “manifesto”.

The UN, it stressed, "should know that our movement is a liberation struggle led by intellectuals whose aims are to replace the corrupt and inefficient clique regime in Juba by a transparent and accountable transitional government agreed upon by all the political forces in South Sudan.”

The regime in Juba, the group alleges, has “miserably failed in meeting the basic function of any government; provision of personal and collective security for its citizens,” citing the rampant inter-tribal conflicts, which have characterized the country since its July 2011 independence.

The spokesperson of South Sudan army (SPLA), Phillip Aguer, dismissed the SSDM/A statement as “mere propaganda.”

He denied southern military involvement in Tuesday’s attack, saying the army knows very well that the mission is in the country with a mandate that provides support to the government.

“Our forces in Jonglei have managed to restore the situation. It is now under control. It is duty of the government to bring peace so that the country enjoys stability and will will put to an end these criminal activities. The SPLA is capable of handling it”, Aguer told reporters Tuesday.

Meanwhile, members of the UN Security Council, its Secretary General and the head of UNMISS have all condemned the attack, calling for thorough investigations by South Sudan government into the matter.

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  • 10 April 2013 10:49, by DDooggaa

    Who is to blame here now?. R.I.P UN peace keepers.

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    • 10 April 2013 16:38, by Mapuor

      Murlei liberation movement,hoooo tribal movement,hooo,please put down arms and develop your land ,Juba does not take anything from your land.You don’t have oil,you don’t have taxes.you have nothing,but instead you get money from Dinka and Nuer oil.Shut up mud eaters.

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      • 10 April 2013 20:50, by ngadodo

        Mapuor, did you cries or what? We are nearby where Salva Kiir Government will going? In two month time, Nepotisms, Tribalism and corrupt government will be out of ruling South Sudan Soon believe me or not is going to be happen.

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    • 10 April 2013 20:11, by Nuer Empire

      Gangsters from Murle have killed them

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  • 10 April 2013 10:52, by ForAll

    UN Peace keepers in SS must build closer understanding with GOSS and all rebels as they are all members of IC.

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    • 10 April 2013 12:26, by Riek Met

      that,s so fine un needs to have cooperation with the goverment of south sudan.

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      • 10 April 2013 14:47, by Hardball

        If the United Nations want someone to blame; they should blame Sudan, the rebels in South Sudan would be nothing without the support of Khartoum. You don’t blame the fire or the smoke on the burning building; but someone who set up the fire!

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    • 10 April 2013 14:10, by Paul Chadrack

      If south sudan government could shot down un plane last year,don’t rule out the possibility of their envolvement in this criminal act.if they are much envolved in the daily killings which is taking place in juba and towns in south sudan,so don’t rule out their envolvement.many of president supporters were talking against un when the un groups released a report about their supports rebel in sudan.

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  • 10 April 2013 11:11, by Wunditda

    If not Yau Yau forces, it must be an act engineered by those hungery Murle armed civilians. Our SPLA forces can not do such a shame.

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    • 10 April 2013 11:21, by ForAll

      Yes hungry people use JUNGLE RULE to obtain their basic needs and it is the responsibility of UNSC as did not secure their BASIC HUMAN NEEDS.

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    • 10 April 2013 11:32, by Chuol Puou

      It should be an act of fooolishness from Yau Yau rebel group as a sign of defeat,so if our uncle Yau Yau and uncle’sson don’t want to listen, let the UN peacekeepers make them to feel.

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  • 10 April 2013 11:17, by Giirakeendit

    Rebels,who do you think kills,you are the one.you will be held accountable for the deaths of UN peacekeepers and innocent civilians in jonglei.you may know that ICC is at your back for the crimes you committed.
    shame on you.

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  • 10 April 2013 11:27, by kuac Agol

    THE CRIMES COMMITTED IN JONGLEI IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE REBEL LEADER WHO REBELLED AGAINST THE GVT AND STAYED IN JONGLEI ALONE RATHER THAN MOVING AROUND S. SUDAN BECAUSE YAU YAU WAS SAYING THAT HE WILL CAPTURED JUBA IN JULY 9 2011
    PEACEKEEPERS DO NOT HAVE ANY CLASHES WITH SPLA SOLDIERS OTHERWISE DENYING IS ANOTHER WEAKNESS, BE A MAN OF YOUR WORDS OR YOU WILL DIE IN SHAME

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  • 10 April 2013 11:29, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear reader
    Who will tell me what‘s the chain of command of South Sudan Democratic Army (SSDM/A? And their ethics /spoke person,

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  • 10 April 2013 11:30, by master

    YY and his brothers cannot doing deed like this
    this is act of gang and the all knew where the the gang are residing
    the SPLA claiming that they defeated YY forces is nonsense
    philip is parrot keeping one statement and repeated it over and over

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    • 10 April 2013 12:48, by Peter Mading

      Yau Yau forces and other gangs who are against the SPLM ruling party must be responsible for this criminal act. Why should the SPLA forces ambushed UNMISS personnel?

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    • 10 April 2013 18:33, by cbuongdit cholkua

      Master, don’t gets carried away by this,thinking that you are downplaying a fool on S.Sudan.Its will soon come back to your Bashir because Juba did not Armed those Murle. You think you smart but you fool on the other way. You know those UN peacekeepers they killed are not African peacekeepers where people got killed and no full investigation takes place. Make sure that those dead bodies are still

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      • 10 April 2013 18:39, by cbuongdit cholkua

        Con- there waiting FORENSIC TEST to find out about who actually carried out that attack. And its will soon be proved that Sudan is responsible for the attack because those rebels are your agent in the South.

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  • 10 April 2013 13:08, by Zeki

    If the South Sudan ruling regime fail to fight the current insurgency in Jonglei, then there will be a serious revolution before 2013.

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  • 10 April 2013 13:27, by Uncle J

    Who is to blame by the outside community if peacekeepers get killed by the unknown gunmen...!?! I think we should blame the SPLA for handling that useless rebel group not serious. If I was in the SPLA army/in South Sudan I can give the SPLA insurgences simple tactic: rebel group should get surrounded by forces, and let them stay in the middle then wait for 1-2 months to see if they will surrender

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    • 10 April 2013 13:42, by Uncle J

      ...chasing them deep into the forest like gorillas and leave them to reconnect with Khartoum govt. where they get weapons is not a good tactic at all. If yau yau loyalty troops were really fighting for liberation, then they should head straight to Warrap state the birth place for mr. president.

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      • 11 April 2013 06:35, by julia

        uncle J.
        u said nothing at all.
        when we were fighting for our liberation we didn,t had direct to khartoum/shandi/Dongala or shimalie. what u re trying to put across is tribal clearance. u re one of the fool killing Murlei on tribal line not political matters. those rebel ren,t murlei alone. there re Nuer amongst them. those UN staff where killing by coward SPLM of maliatia gatdet Yak

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        • 11 April 2013 11:30, by Uncle J

          @Julia,
          1) Anyway sister I’m sorry if you didn’t get what I was trying to say 2)I am not encouraging tribalism but those loopy loo leaders like David Yau Yau who rebelled on issues that do not worth rebelling against are the fool. 3) I don’t live in S. South so I don’t know what Murle pple are and 4) for 21 years of war I never heard of Yau Yau being in the army I guess that idiot was jalaby slave

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  • 10 April 2013 14:06, by hamil

    The SPLM Soldiers did this Malicious act the UN should not be fooled to think that a different group is responsible. If the Police in this Country are terrorizing lives at night by turning into rebels and killers why won’t This unprofessional army do this act? They have all become THIEVES like their Heads of Government. Salva Kiir should Resign he has completely failed and he knows this very well

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  • 10 April 2013 14:10, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear all,
    this is very good news for the regime of thieves, the cow boy will face the I.C.C ACCORDING to the mistake that was done two time, gunning down the U.N helicopter 4 crew died killing of five troops, it is enough for him to be sent to I.C.C.

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    • 10 April 2013 17:07, by Gabriel Ajak

      Stupid Ngundeeng Satan
      If u say spla kill un peacekeepers then that will be ur brothers Gatdet and Gony, u just write what u don’t know.
      I don’t blame u but somebody who show u the media line.

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    • 10 April 2013 19:36, by panom lualbil

      HELLO ALL!
      This is more than MURLEI alone but also SSDM who is fighting to replace the govt of s sudan.

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    • 11 April 2013 12:14, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Son of Ngudeng
      SPLA/M is not belong to dinka alone, it’s the name that was created by south sudanese, don’t bring problem to our Armeis b/c of Dinka, Rebel group are those who killed the UN convoy.

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  • 10 April 2013 14:32, by prison of of world

    David yau yau he’s very stupid Rebel. Iam feeling heart sad to him one hundred percent he so stuppid enought, he never mind for UN peacekeeper or any UN members and SPLA what are you doing at the moment. so you may occupied area where there is that stupid
    so that ways we recieve our brother in air stript is too bad. we cry alot and Thanks Jamo Y G

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  • 10 April 2013 15:33, by steven

    This matter has to be investigated in detail, to determine the truth.

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  • 10 April 2013 19:28, by panom lualbil

    Without hesitation, ssdm must be condemn on this incident no matter what, they’re predators who relay on anything to live on.

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  • 10 April 2013 21:32, by Paac

    I BELIEVED THE GOVERNMENT PLAN THE ATTACK ON THE UN PEACEKEEPER AND BLAME IT ON THE REBEL. JONGLEI STATE BECAME THE VIOLENCE STATE EVER BECAUSE THE GOVERNOR IS BUSY OF CORRUPTING COUNTIES MONEY. GOVERNOR KUOL MANYANG NEED TO RESIGN FROM THE OFFICE IMMEDIATELY.

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  • 10 April 2013 22:04, by Kim Deng

    Murle,
    The Nuer Warriors (Gen. Tiger Gatdet & Mj.Gony) are fighting the very tiny Murle ethnic group in the name of South Sudan Army/SPLA. Mj. Gony is from Lou Nuer who were slaughtered by the same Murle within this year. Can you imagine what these two Warriors will to Murle who killed their mothers,fathers & children? Murle must give up this fight, otherwise they’re figthing a suicidal war.

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  • 10 April 2013 22:06, by Kim Deng

    The man in the ficture is Gen. Tiger Gatdet Yak. He was addressing his Nuer Warriors to fight Murle in the name of South Sudan Army/SPLA.

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  • 11 April 2013 02:38, by Panthou

    "We didn’t know who killed U.N peace keepers in jonglei state" to begin with, who are you? by the way? This rebellion of yours (yauyau) will end up uselessly! If you’re fighting Shullok, Dinka n Nuer in South Sudan, otherwise please change your murle mind. You’re in trouble now! If yau yau want to be like Joseph Lago, then let yau yau do it. Terrorizing jonglei state!

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  • 11 April 2013 07:21, by Ajongtar

    The picture above show the throught!!!!!!!!!!
    I belive the Major General waving his hand on head on his soldiers looks like MG. Peter Gadet.
    And forsure he is in Jonglei, Are you sure that is not Gadet rebillion again??????????
    R.I.P UN Indian BatTALION.

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  • 11 April 2013 08:12, by tootke’bai-ngo

    Panthou,
    what do you meam by"if y.yau want to be like Lago, then let him do it, let him torrorize Jonglei" Don’t You remember that Jonglei has been under torror caused by conspiracy cooked in Juba since Kiir took power in 2005? Jongleins started to know that now. And SSDM/A might be consider as an alternative to all murders & corruption rampages in Juba.

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  • 14 April 2013 14:12, by piborlover

    The people who are saying that murle community is benefiting from Dinka does not know what to talk about murle but it is easy to abuse: root matters. Dinka bor are in remote area like stagnate water and no need to explain.

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