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SAF bomb attack in Unity state leaves two dead, six injured

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By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

September 8, 2013 (BENTIU) – A Sudanese jet fighter has bombed a military barracks in South Sudan’s Unity state on Saturday, killing a South Sudanese army (SPLA) soldier and his wife.

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Soldiers from the South Sudanesearmy (SPLA) point at a circling Antonov in the contested Sudanese border town of Heglig on 17 April 2012 (Photo: Getty)

SPLA officials have blamed the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) for several recent provocative attacks inside their territory, despite peace effort by the African Union (AU)-led Joint Border Verification and Monitoring team (JBVMT).

Six other people, including a four-year-old girl, were reportedly injured in Saturday’s attack in Jau and are now seeking medical treatment in Rubkotna.

The unilateral attack followed bilateral talks between the leaders of Sudan and South Sudan in Khartoum last week, in which they expressed the need to strengthen relations between the two countries.

SPLA commander of Unity state’s fourth division, Major Gen. James Koang Chuol, confirmed on Sunday that a woman and her husband had died during the bombing of the SPLA military base in the Jau area.

He condemned the actions of the SAF, describing the attack, which occurred about 11:40am, as an unfortunate decision.

Koang said the incident was without provocation and occurred as high ranking officers from both countries were holding negotiations in the Unity capital, Bentiu.

The senior military officials from the SAF and SPLA general headquarters were reportedly sent to Jau to verify SAF claims that SPLA forces had failed to withdraw from the 10km buffer zone.

The team, who are still being hosted in Bentiu by the SPLA, travelled to the area by helicopter to investigate the claims.

Koang said the latest bombardments by the SAF are a betrayal of ongoing talks between leaders from both nations, as well as AU peace efforts in the region.

In Khartoum, the Sudanese army remained silent, and SAF spokesperson was not reachable to verify these claims.

In the past, the Sudanese army justified such air raids by saying that Sudanese rebel groups use the disputed border areas to prepare attacks on its troops. Some times also SAF said the bombing occurred inside the Sundanese territory.

In August, northern forces were accused of allegedly shooting SPLA soldiers on patrol along the disputed border area.

The clash reportedly occurred after SPLA forces witnessed their northern counterparts digging up more oil wells in Tachuin, resulting into unilateral fire exchange between the two armies.

There remains scepticism about the status and implementation of security agreements aimed at defusing tensions along the common border of both Sudan and South Sudan.

Heglig, which is located at 23 km from Unity state and lies near the border between the two countries, has been the scene of ongoing clashes.

Although the area is claimed by South Sudan, the AU mediation team has refused to recognise it as a disputed area.

In April 2012, the SPLA seized control of the oil-producing area, but withdrew its troops 10 days later amid fears of an all-out war between the two sides.

During the recent bilateral talks in Khartoum, South Sudanese president Salva Kiir and his Sudanese counterpart, Omer Hassan al-Bashir, reaffirmed their commitment to develop cross-border trading and continue oil flows from landlocked South Sudan to international markets via Sudanese pipelines.

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  • 9 September 2013 05:28, by George Bol

    SAF intelligent have said that we have known their barrack locations and their manpower,therefore, let start bomb them so that their SPLA intelligent can not verify our /SAF barrack locations. Simple fact!

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    • 9 September 2013 07:57, by jijury

      Al-Bashir knows how to plan things a head he told incompetent Salva Kiir that the oil will keep flowing. I will bomb your territory also and get my 5 billion dollars back to cover up your mess. The MiG29 jet which Bashir is using to bomb South Sudan only cost 45 millions, but incompetent Kiir ate all $20 billion not a single jet was bought 2 protect our poor soldiers. What a failed Dictator!

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      • 9 September 2013 08:51, by Naath

        Jijury I told you bro,hopeless kiir is not politician,incompetent is ashame president,kiir still have foolishly mentality.where’s bloody dialog that kiir talking about last week,Jijury you got it right.kiir will not achieve any things and south Sudan are losing their land for bad managemen.kiir created internal problem and war is coming from Bashir.

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        • 9 September 2013 14:39, by Tiger

          At least Southerners should not have to be surprise from this bombardment from the Northern army,it’s a tactical plan to scare away Abyei civilians for upcoming referendum,our army should standby with full alert.

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      • 9 September 2013 23:05, by Arakataa

        naath
        support Sudan decision and you are the one to suffering have you ever heard of saf bombing greater bar el gahzal ? you nuer are not aware it is disaster for all south Sudan not kiir .

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    • 9 September 2013 09:09, by Naath

      Tribalist last week Incompetnt and Uneducated,Hopeless president kiir said he will solve the problem between to country and he use good word for himelf (dialog) and i say wait for some day for ANALYSIS because Albashir is the martest ass then hopeless kiir.unti aircraft missile are not to expansive,with 600m that kiir bought for will get two missile.guys by any mean is coming no question about.

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    • 10 September 2013 05:12, by parajok

      South Sudan President order the bomb. The plan is to weak SPLA headquator in Unity State.

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  • 9 September 2013 05:48, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    SAF: is testing the level of presure of newly appointed defend minister Kuol Manyang Juuk.

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  • 9 September 2013 07:30, by Mike Mike

    Why always saf launched airstrikes against SPLA positions and no reprisal attack seen from our SPLA?.Does our SPLA army has no capability to do the same arrogant acts on them the saf?. Am tired of been hearing a compliant reports all the time from our forces and the have weapons like the one with saf.You have right to defend yourselves when you are attack and don’t sit idly be well prepared.

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    • 9 September 2013 07:51, by Big Boy

      Dear Mike
      The spla they are capabible, but nobody is seriously about their people’s, but they are serious when pocket is half empy to regain with money..and ncp are always interfer the government of south sudan since then, but i hope Koul Manyang is there now!! he’ll deal with them soon no later!!!

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  • 9 September 2013 07:35, by daniell

    It is shocking to see people dying due to a clash on the border since CPA was signed.Why should they die in vain? Is because Sudan is fearing to loss an annexation? It is bad.

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    • 9 September 2013 12:43, by Bungachier 50

      Dear All,
      My question is "Where is the oil’s money?" the oil has been following since June this year, and now the Country remains in the Austerity Measures. Soldiers not paid in time and bala bala bala!!!!........

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  • 9 September 2013 10:27, by Gatkuoth

    When a fellow South Sudanese express willing to challenge Kiir in the upcoming convention, he becomes annoy and deploy forces to intimidate the situation. When our people are being killed at the border areas by Sudan, he says I will not retaliate...advocates for peaceful means. Why prefers violence on your brother than your enemy?

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  • 9 September 2013 10:39, by Lorolokin

    There is certainly nothing good that can be achieved from any President if they are under the influence of the darkness, for in the darkness, there is no good things but full time deceptive ideas and plans. That is why human governments always change rules and regulations. The devil is up to something being to destroy the world.

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  • 9 September 2013 11:05, by monyomiji

    naath and big bird instead of boy,who do u think is compitence? u or your mother,father uncle riak? i wishe u would have change your minds from riak purposal of wanting to be a president look for us another man apart from this dead living so called machar then we will go along with u guys may u be rotten up with your jeleouless against him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 9 September 2013 11:42, by Naath

      Monyomiji.you need to understand the structure and the core and sorts of thing ya gat chiek.To be honest kiir is not politician,if you’re argue with me that your uncle is smart politician then is up to you,kiir put himself in hot water why he create multi jobs for himself,fighting with south sudanese,Northern war is back,war between Naath and Jang Naath is coming,Abyie is already gone,Murle war.

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