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10 killed, 15 injured in Unity state attack


July 12, 2013 (BENTIU) - Over 10 people were killed and 15 injured in South Sudan’s Unity state on Friday when about 300 young men, suspected to have crossed the border from neigbouring Lakes state attacked Payinjiar county, an official said.

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Map of South Sudan’s Unity State.

Simon Chuol Biel, the Payinjiar commissioner told Sudan Tribune via a satellite phone that more than 1,000 people have been displaced from Kanynhial, Guor and Mayom payams [districts].

Those who carried out the attack, Biel claimed, came from Rumbek North county in Lakes state, adding that more than 900 cows were looted during the attack.

Many people are still missing or remain unaccounted for as some are feared dead or may have been kidnapped by the raiding force, he said.

Simon Gatluak Pech, a legislator who represents Payinjiar, also told Sudan Tribune the armed men came from neighbouring Lakes state.

He put the death toll, earlier on the day of the attack, at 10, adding that 15 people had been critically injured.

"The attackers were armed with firearms, including eight PKM machine guns," Pech said, alleging they wore uniforms similar to those used by South Sudan’s army (SPLA).

Speaking in Juba, however, the SPLA spokesperson Philip Aguer, said the army had no knowledge of the attack, adding that the military is mandate to protect the country and its civilian protection against external aggression.

"The SPLA cannot therefore move into an area inhabited by civil population for which it is mandated to protect and attack”, he said.

Aguer said that the best way to separate armed communities was to allow "local authorities come up with a decision to address the conflict."

Last month the governors of Lake, Unity and Warrap states passed a law to impose death sentences to those convicted of cattle raiding.

Cattle raiding has been a constant cause of insecurity in the two years since South Sudan separated from Sudan.

The three bordering states have agreed to immediately implement the death penalty against those instigating or carrying out cattle raids along their borders.

Recently, the Inspector General of Police, Pieng Deng Kuol on his visit to the Unity state’s capital Bentiu, called for an increase in the number of joint police operations along the volatile Lakes-Unity-Warrap border.

Poor infrastructure has hampered attempts of the police and army to patrol border areas.

Both Lakes and Unity states are currently ruled by caretaker governors after president Salva Kiir removed their elected governor this year. Taban Deng Gai of Unity state earlier this month while Chol Tong Mayay of Lakes state left office in January.

South Sudan’s constitution allows the president to remove elected governors for reasons of national security. Both men were elected into office in 2010.

Since coming into office in January Matur Chut Dhuol asked all civilians to pay 350 South Sudanese pounds to register their weapons rather than emphasising disarmament.

Officials in Lakes state’s capital Rumbek told Sudan Tribune. on condition of anonymity, that a group of cattle keepers had been observed moving with their weapons towards the Unity sate border.


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  • 13 July 2013 08:38, by wang

    Kiir had planned that killing, 1st by removed Taban, and turned State intention into that governorship struggles and completely forgot about the security… at the time Kiir inform his Dinka thugs to take that opportunity chance to kills any living things at Payinjiar County…. payback is underway….

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    • 13 July 2013 09:51, by Black Brother

      @wang, I have to tell you think like a grown up, where on earth a president turn to kill his people he suppose to protect? no where.. Kiir can not do that either. I use to hear that stealing is not habitual for Dinka and Nuer. Now it become a cultural norms. I don’t know who taught them anyway. Pathetic Dinka Agar and Nuer who love to die for Animals. You must go to Hell when Riak come to power.

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      • 13 July 2013 12:20, by Samuel Nyok Kuot Kur

        This for black brother
        sir. I want to tell you some thing, don’t show your hate to people by abusing them, now Dr. Riek is vice president for our country, if you abuse him do you thing you are abusing south sudan?
        even though you should feel shame to say that, because Riek is south sudanese he has a right to become president as kiir is president now,south sudan is belong to everyone who is qualif

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        • 13 July 2013 12:34, by Black Brother

          @Samuel, be understandable when reading an essay brother. I didn’t abuse Riek, but rather the raiders from both Agar and Nuer if u could have read my essay with noblest understand. I didn’t know though you will be a victim in this scenario. But stealing is culturally immorality in Jieng and Naath tradition and if you are involve, you are morally decayed brother. you must come back to your traditio

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          • 13 July 2013 12:44, by Samuel Nyok Kuot Kur

            You must go to Hell when Riak come to power.
            that is your quote at the top.
            I don’t know what broght Riek to the topic? is it not because he is from Nuer you mean? because Wang either is from the same ethinic community? and if I miss understood you forgive me.

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            • 13 July 2013 13:12, by Samuel Nyok Kuot Kur

              to Back Brother
              ou must go to Hell when Riak come to power.
              that is your quote at the top.
              I don’t know what broght Riek to the topic? is it not because he is from Nuer you mean? because Wang either is from the same ethinic community? and if I miss understood you forgive me.

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    • 13 July 2013 12:09, by Samuel Nyok Kuot Kur

      Brother. Wang
      I would like to inform you that Kir is one single human being, who could not monitor every activities by himself, that is why he has ministers, governors,and commissionors,but unfortunatly some of those who serve under him want to make Kiir responsible for every wrong doing,to draw people attention that kiir administration is not good, while they do those crimes by purpose.

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      • 13 July 2013 19:46, by Black Brother

        @Sam, you are absolutely true man, even those who think they are better will do worse when they are given chance. I do think we need a new party not splm with it thugs except Kiir is innocent

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  • 13 July 2013 09:34, by Rami Tot

    the law that was passed by the three States must be imposed those criminal so erupted so as keep the rule of law in the country. nothing our inspector general will do rather to bring those to justice, those people have their chiefs they must be collected individually one by one and impose death sentence to
    those who killed those people them jailed those took cows according to the law.

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    • 13 July 2013 09:46, by Peter Mading

      Our Laws remained in Paper and no implementation. Ironically the Governors where 1/3 and 2/3 that means Nyandeng was a civilian and that same ratio has not changed. It is only now Matur Chuot is a military man and vice versa as Nyandeng become the only elected Governor. Already there’s a problem. Now..2wards 2014 is ????

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      • 13 July 2013 12:45, by Koang

        May thier Souls Rest in peace. Things are going out of control with South Sudan Goverment..

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    • 13 July 2013 12:29, by Samuel Nyok Kuot Kur

      Yes, Rami Tot.
      I like your commenet keep it up brother, no place for showing hate to eash other, we are one nation and brothers, we have to turn down people who have bad attitude because they just want to destroy our country again, after we got it from Arabs, and they(Arabs) are watching if we would destroy it then they will lough at us.

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  • 13 July 2013 10:57, by Marco Bul

    "It was prophesied by Ngundeng".Those who believe in all the traditional prophesies commit crimes with impunity N say "This is one of Ngundeng prophecies"By the way,Agaar N atuot are part of "Ramï raan".Jen täde????

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    • 13 July 2013 12:36, by Samuel Nyok Kuot Kur

      Marco Bul.
      this not a funy topic talking about, its just bad spirit that would not take us to any where except hate only and our almighty God probit it by any means, we have to talk love to each other to let those people drop thier guns, with out showing love they will not drop their guns any way.

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  • 13 July 2013 11:57, by JONGLEI VISION

    Gen. Kiir is the right person who must be blamed in the three States’ border problem Warap, Unity and Lakes; because he has just dismissed Governors apart of reviewing by his nonsense advisors. And is saying to remove Governors is my own powers in article 101, RSS Transitional Constitution.
    What kind of the Constitution which exercises by single person in the nationwide

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    • 13 July 2013 13:10, by Samuel Nyok Kuot Kur

      jonglie vision
      you must be mistaken to blame Kiir in any problem, even one day you will miss your mouth and go to blame Kiir for it, please talk to your self, I think you are just showing your attitude to every one, and I think you will get any thing for it, please be advised that people have minds to transilate correctly what is wrong with person like you? and what does he want?

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  • 13 July 2013 13:13, by RAPIST MAMBO

    My condolence to the decease family. R.I.P. people should not cry for them because they are greedy. remember God commandments : Don’t steal.
    Besides, the government should no longer be a democratic, let’s us have a dictatorship president.

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    • 13 July 2013 13:53, by Nuer Empire

      The revenge will be worst than this.How and where did they get PKM? Civilians with PKM!!

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      • 13 July 2013 14:31, by aguotwany@live.com

        Nuer-Empire , please do not insert any tension here , your state Unity State, Lake & Warap should sit down and solve your border issues then blaming president Kiir . Those thugs are supported by your attitudes and if you change now then they might change and respect the rule of law . Learn to know the different between state & the federal government . Thank you .

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  • 13 July 2013 15:20, by Odingo

    Cowardic Dinka Kiir. It was Kiir who declared war against Nuer.I believed that Nuer Warriors will respond it within two weeks.Fuck you Dinka. Now you started this war, don’t cry like dog when the Nuer Warrior get some pay back.

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    • 13 July 2013 18:55, by George Bol

      Stepping at Salva tail/Jieng, will cause declaration. Jieng don,t talk a lot when there’s war.Jieng just wait other side to declare war to make sure that the war is actual. Our problem with Naath is mostly solve by war.We did it in 1992-1994.That ws the end, we chase them to hell.Riek will be president of the dead but not South.I blame Kiir for not sacking him for good & wait them in battle field.

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    • 13 July 2013 19:30, by panom lualbil

      Haa, this is about consternation!! It seemed full of propaganda that MR PRESIDENT was declaring war against them. They did the same b4 in Kenya Refugee Camp, somewhere they moved to UN’S COMPOUND saying DINKA BOR wanted to massacred them bcoz RIAK massacred BOR in 1991. It’s the same thing they wanted to immigrate to USA or else to fool the worlds that govmt abused them. If so then where are

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      • 13 July 2013 19:43, by panom lualbil

        the pictures of decedents or proof. This is the same SSHURA that continued betraying the Govmt. OMAR BASHIER has discovered that rebels NAATH are capable of destabilizing S SUDAN there4, he began killing them n confiscated houses, cars that belong to RIAK MACHAR early. Other than that can’t be tolerated.

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        • 13 July 2013 19:46, by panom lualbil

          correction: rebels naath are not capable of destabilizing S SUDAN.

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          • 13 July 2013 21:16, by Bentiu Sudan

            George Bol and Panom,
            Please do not use that kind of language against Nuer we are not enemy but friends. Now, you are responding Odingo comments against Nuer but he is from another tribe. He is not a Nuer.

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            • 13 July 2013 23:25, by panom lualbil

              Somebody said INCOMPETENT KIIR while other said COWARDICE KIIR when I knew the enemy of our country is DR RIAK MACHAR. His people wiped DINKA BOR off during the struggled when youth were trying to capture JUBA and called it a win. The same enemies are now in PIBOR killing MURLE. Just wait for 2015.

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    • 14 July 2013 03:05, by Samuel Nyok Kuot Kur

      please you should thank God who help us by giving us an indipendent state, which our kids will enjoy it for ever, instead to make chaos by bregging using the name of our communities, I think no community is better than other or stronger than other,other wise, we should not fuel the fire while we will not fight in that war. I perfer our strength is the unity of our nation.

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  • 13 July 2013 20:52, by Nyesi Ta

    Now let’s wonder and complain why our country is a failed state. This a country where communities attacks each other with impunity in the watch of the leadership of the government. Did we become independent to be lawless or to respect the rule of law. The government must act to stop this kind of unnecessary killing after we lost 2.5 million people in our quest for freedom.

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  • 13 July 2013 21:11, by Nyonged jau

    Matur Chut should collect back the over 1,ooo cattle looted by his state criminals for the seek of peace.
    President Kiir can not be held accountable of this criminal act, don’t blame him for nothing.

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  • 13 July 2013 21:40, by Marco Bul

    For those whom I have offended indirectly:If Dinka and Nuer are really brothers,why they coveting each other proerties?? Kiir should not be blame for cattle raiding if we are really learnt.DEATH TO COWS!!They R de causes of enmity among herders even in EES!!

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  • 14 July 2013 15:27, by Wani khooto

    dear all,
    never said that nuer and dinka are enemy but the are friend in that even nuer are regretting what the did to innocent bor in 1991 fuel by machar,those who talk of them having another war due to machar to be a president are day dreaming but what happen in unity and lake was just normal cattle thief.nuer must learn lesson from the past if the want us non dinka to vote for their killer man

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