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S. Sudanese army pursuing rebel forces in Warrap state

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January 19, 2014 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese army (SPLA) said it had deployed troops in the country’s Warrap state after dissident forces opposed to the current government killed two people in Tonj North and East counties last week.

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Those who carried out the attack, in which two others were wounded, reportedly possessed heavy weapons. Survivors of the attack said several herds of cattle were driven away while a number of women and children went missing.

Local residents and government officials have expressed fears that those at large since the Thursday attack may have eventually been killed.

Over the years, the lack of a border control mechanisms coupled with the army’s ineffectiveness have largely turned the region straddling three states of Lakes, Warrap and unity over the past years into a hub for cattle raiding activities between communities and successive rebel groups.

Recently, however, the SPLA third division covering Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap states responded to pleas from the local population and deployed a battalion to provide protection, pursue and flush out rebel elements allegedly using swampy areas as their hiding grounds.

"I learned today that comrade Santino Deng Wol, who commands our forces in division three, has responded positively to the pleas by our people, especially those in the areas bordering unity state to be accorded maximum security attention. He deployed a battalion to the effect", Kuot Deng Kuot, a Member of Parliament representing Gogrial East county in Warrap said Sunday.

Kuot gave no details of the military operation, but blamed forces loyal to South Sudan’s former vice president, Riek Machar for the violence.

Police spokesman, Colonel James Monday said they had increased the number of police forces in the area so as to provide security and protect lives of civilians as well as their properties.

"The current security situation in that area has opened a chance for some criminals. Some of the activities are carried out by the armed civilians and others are carried out by rebel forces to exploit this and to attack the area", Monday told Sudan Tribune.

The SPLA and police have now deployed joint force to provide protection to the civil population living in that triangle region, he added.

The senior police officer, however, acknowledged that there have been some hostile movement and activities destabilising civilian life over the past years, despite the numerous peace conference organised by authorities in these regions.

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  • 20 January 2014 07:41, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Hey! yesterday i said something which most of you here did not believe. I said do not laugh yet, the forces that entered Bor brought weapon to freedom fighters for capturing Juba. But can somebody tell me what is happening in Bor right now? Is Bor still under Kiir and M7’s forces? The end of Kiir is here, and people of Uganda are going to boot-out M7 soon.

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    • 20 January 2014 07:54, by dinkdong

      I don’t understand. Are you saying the Riek forces are back and they recaptured Bor today? That’s might not be true.

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      • 20 January 2014 07:59, by Knight In Shining Armor

        Dinkdong, you better check with your sources on the ground. Bor is back under control of rebel forces and hundred of UPDY as POW.

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        • 20 January 2014 08:01, by Knight In Shining Armor

          Sorry! I mean hundreds of UPDF as POW

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    • 20 January 2014 08:30, by Naath

      Bor already capture,their belonging leftover and angry River Nile creatures are eating them, Kiir and museveni are losing war, from Bor to rajaf.now in magir toward Gumba thank you

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      • 20 January 2014 13:08, by Rezingving monynok

        naath
        keep dreaming of taking bor while in UNMISS
        uncivilized man ,militia mafias , you are a such uneducated ,which bor are you talking , the spla have already reached pan jak ,and akobo . and riek is on run,

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  • 20 January 2014 07:46, by Jalaby

    The fighting is now extended to Warrap state although Warrap considers to be one of the stronghold of Dinka home, and very few of Nuer people (if any) live there!
    You guys are heading and copying Somalia2 situation right in the middle of Africa, that what we have been warning you for so long but you never listened!
    Let idiot Museveni resolve it now!

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  • 20 January 2014 07:46, by dinkdong

    I thought this was the same issue Karlos Makuek was arrested for pointing it out. These Warrap people must be crazy. They don’t wanted to admit the truth. To hell with you Warrap.

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    • 20 January 2014 08:20, by Malakal county Simon

      Congratulation to our democratic forces/freedom fighters, for recaptured Bor for the third times..... Check the latest news below....
      http://upperniletimes.net/details.php?id=617

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      • 20 January 2014 10:37, by Toney Toney Matot

        Bith Johnson must be a mere liar and this proved beyond any doubt that some Nuer intellectuals are liars to extend of deceiving themselves.truth must be told even if it bitter. why Some Nuer disgruntle and power hungry group should accept being defeated in Bor? can bith Johnson come to Bor if it is under your stupid forces.

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    • 20 January 2014 14:05, by Bungachier 50

      Now! where is this Idiot man, the Nyandeng’s house boy who was denying saying that the cows taken were only fifteen from 400 herds.
      Nyandeng herself is a rebel who has not yet shown up, mark my words.
      If there are men here in Warrap, please help us kill the Governor Nyandeng.

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  • 20 January 2014 10:19, by Marco Bul

    It was thought as Bor problem but now,if it is true that Warrap is attacked,it is a tribal war.Wake up you womanisers,thieves and foolish majority.What are you waiting for while the apes are desecrating the land?

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    • 20 January 2014 17:07, by Runrach

      Wetke without. What was thought to have been greater Upper Nile Dinka/Nuer has now reached your door step. You been mock the lost of our love ones but now feel the pains of grieving.

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