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February 8, 2014 (JUBA) – A Ugandan helicopter gunship gunner has been killed by the South Sudanese rebels and damaged the attacker helicopter in the South Sudanese central state of Lakes, according to the rebels spokesperson.

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A photograph of a C130 used by the UPDF to fly back 150 Ugandans from South Sudan (new vision photo)

The fatal incidence occurred on Friday at 1pm when three Ugandan gunships allegedly carried out bombings on defecting soldiers that were moving towards Unity state to join the amassing rebel forces in the area.

The military spokesperson for the rebels, Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, told Sudan Tribune on Friday that the gunner was shot dead and fell off the helicopter after a serious damage was inflicted on one of the three helicopter gunships that carried out the bombings.

“Our air defence artillery opened fire on the three warplanes seriously wounding 1 and killed the gunner,” Koang said.

The collected passport and ID of the dead gunner identified him as Jona Abuduku Alfred, a Ugandan national with military ID No. 21883, passport No. 11180 and a Lance Corporal in military rank. His hometown is Mbale in Uganda and joined the Ugandan Air Force in 1997, the documents obtained show.

Although the spokesperson for South Sudan army (SPLA) Phillip Aguer could not easily be reached despite repeated attempts, his Ugandan counterpart Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda described the rebel claims as a "hoax".

"No Ugandan gunship has been downed by Riek Machar rebels. Details of a soldier allegedly killed are a hoax. Ignore them as lies", Lt. Col. Ankunda told Sudan Tribune by phone on Saturday.

The South Sudanese rebels have been accusing Uganda army of interfering in the internal conflict of South Sudan and called for the withdrawal of the foreign forces.

"Why does the UN [United Nations] continue to create a bad and false impression of Uganda’s role in peace efforts in the region? Very frustrating," tweeted the UPDF spokesperson on 4 February.

An agreement on cessation of hostilities signed on 23 January in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, also called for the withdrawal of UPDF. Till now, however, the rebels claim there was no sign of the Ugandan army withdrawal from the new nation.

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  • 8 February 10:37, by Wicdail

    Long Live Dr. Machar
    Long Live Our freedom fighters
    Long Live RSS
    We will teach these greedy creatures (UPDF) and their corrupt leaders Kirr and M7 a lesson they will never forget.

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    • 8 February 11:30, by Tibs

      What a fake lies & poor Sudan Tribune shit Reporting! there was no any fighting or rebel present in Lakes. True it prove by itself keep barking with propagandas of words/war words

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    • 8 February 12:07, by Tong dut

      VERY GOOD, kill that Dog, what brought him to south sudan, fighting for what in south sudan?
      KILL ALL UGANDANS IN SOUTH SUDAN,THEY ARE HERE TO LOOT SOUTH SUDAN.KILL ALL UGANDANS.

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    • 8 February 12:23, by Son of Ngundeng

      Long live Dr Riak Machar, Long live freedom Fighters, Long live Lou Nuer, long live Lol Ruay Koang, this is a ngundeng war, and its a war of right not a war of money, we will fight until we get what we need to do, we fight to liberate South Sudanese in the hand of dictatorship useless Kiir, but some people understand us in different ways,our movement is going toward Juba, Jaang dial baa ro baar.

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      • 8 February 13:23, by Mi diit

        The real decisive war against Akiir and his husband Museveni is yet to begin soon. All their helicopter gunships and tanks will be destroyed. We have just got some solution for them. We will soon celebrate in Juba in total defeat of Akiir and the mad dog of the great Lakes region, Yoweri Museveni.

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        • 8 February 13:28, by Mi diit

          The poor UPDF spokesperson Arkunda should not cry denying the facts of his dead soldier but should mourn for him and try to verify his documents such as the military ID and passport, etc. I like Philip Aguer for staying away from this denial by that stupid UPDF spokesperson.

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  • 8 February 10:45, by jijury

    Salva Kiir Museveni at this time around will see something he never see before.Pro democracy forces will capture him dead or alive. This Gorial idiot has destroyed South Sudan using our resources.

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    • 8 February 11:13, by Adodi Jotuwa

      Tesfa-Alem Tekle.
      Please, take your biased piece of journalistic scrap to Dr. Fool Riek Macahr’s supporters who are excited to read it. How much do you know about Dr. Fool Riek Machar’s political profile or his contribution to this free nation of South Sudan? How do Dr. Fool Riek Machar and his tribal defectors know more about the word “democracy” than the other South Sudanese 63 tribes…

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      • 8 February 11:13, by Adodi Jotuwa

        …who know transfer of power always comes through democratic elections but not through the use of power based on tribal sentiments? IGAD, AU, and international community failed to blame the rebellion or to understand who is Dr. Fool Riek Machar because they have no idea that another Riek Machar might have appeared in the past or will soon emerge in their own country trying to…

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        • 8 February 11:14, by Adodi Jotuwa

          …take power by force by mobilizing his tribe which is well noted in African context. IGAD, AU and international community fell short of branding Dr. Fool Riek Machar the leader of terrorist organization formed in South Sudan because of the massive loss of lives in Juba, Bor, Akobo, Malakal and Bentiu, and including infrastructural destruction and massive displacement…

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          • 8 February 11:14, by Adodi Jotuwa

            …within a short period of time. How do all these regional, continental and international bodies condone these acts by keeping silence and failing to pressure Dr. Fool Riek Machar to negotiate peace in good faith without preconditions? To make it worst, how and why did you pick up the so-called political analyst Dr. Solomon Mokonnen to publicize his…

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            • 8 February 11:15, by Adodi Jotuwa

              … biased negative analysis? Dr. Fool Solomon and Dr. Fool Riek might have gone to the same school of thought - how to use violence to transfer power from elected government to a violent rebel leader since 1991 instead of waiting for democratic elections. The presence of UPDF in South Sudan has not closed the mouths of Dr. Fool Riek negotiation team members to discuss and agree…

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              • 8 February 11:15, by Adodi Jotuwa

                …on peace deal without preconditions. Although every human being has his own negative, Ugandan President M7 has done the right thing to stop more bloodshed since South Sudan has just come out from decades of war. President M7 deserves a lot of credits not only for making Uganda remained politically stable for nearly 28 years compared to his predecessors.

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                • 8 February 11:16, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  Why do IGAD, AU and international community justify Ugandan military role in Somalia, Rwanda, DRC and CAR and not in South Sudan? How much destruction or how many lives needed to be lost so that they begin blaming Dr. Fool Riek Machar and his associates that it has already reached unimaginable proportion? How do Dr. Fool Solomon and the Dr. Fool Riek’s negotiation team…

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                  • 8 February 11:17, by Adodi Jotuwa

                    … comment on these double standards? Do these bodies need peace only in other countries but not in South Sudan? Or because they think that this kind of rapid loss of lives, massive infrastructural destruction, displacement and humanitarian cost will never happen in their own countries? Few African countries remained politically stable since the final departure…

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                    • 8 February 11:17, by Adodi Jotuwa

                      … of colonialists from the continent in the 60s but the political future of many countries often hang in the balance. Believe me or not. Why should blood be shed for no reasons because of Dr. Fool Riek Machar’s interest? Why don’t we some Africans leaders agree that we’re weak politically, culturally, socially and economically? So long as we keep relying on foreign aids,…

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                      • 8 February 11:18, by Adodi Jotuwa

                        … (no matter how it’s channeled) without waking up that there is string attached for potential political mess or stability, it will be hard for us to see clearly the invisible hands. Wake up guys. Dr. Fool Riek Machar cannot make treason twice with impunity, during the war and after independence of South Sudan. No, not acceptable.

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                • 8 February 20:13, by Ankh

                  There are no words in English that can justify the massacre of Nuer by Ugandans. Salva is using foreigners to kill his own brothers. Shameful and cowardly.

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      • 8 February 12:42, by Tutbol

        Adodi Jotuwa,
        Etiopia has been made an elephant in our East African region as more superior than other countries. Ethiopia is being courted by some criminals in the US & Europe to join the mess they have created in S Sudan, with Kenya & N Sudan, because Uganda has been invited to help S Sudan govt due mass defection of Nuer malitias...

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        • 8 February 12:56, by Tutbol

          who would be covinced by the US & the Europeans to help Riek Machar would be supplied with Weapons to fight S Sudanese govt. Our govt is playing it save though, but Ethiopia is under S Sudanese notice, Ethiopia would be chased out East Africa, back to their Yemeny where their sorry asses belong....

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          • 8 February 13:06, by Tutbol

            should they playing a bully. Our Gambela region was exchanged to Ethiopia by the British another part of then Eastern Sudan to the N Sudan. That agreement didn’t even work against Nilotic plains though; we have our *salient* inhabited by our Nilotic peoples of Anuak, Nuer, Jie & others & they have endured & helped both anynya one & the SPLM/A as their brothers sisters....

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            • 8 February 13:21, by Mi diit

              Sorry, I can see that both Dodi and Tutbol are fools who do not reason like humans. How will you guys convince the wise leaders of the world to accept your cheap tactic of so-called coup attempt designed by your Akiir’s husband Museveni. How can a drunk, primitive leader like Kiir convince the world to listen to his rubbish. Ahahahaa....Cry, boys, you have lost trust and diplomacy, FOOLS!!!!

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            • 8 February 13:29, by Tutbol

              during both wars. S Sudanese know that the Anuaks people of Gambela of Panyudi, Dima & other places and other Nuers of Itang, Tharpam, Bilpam & other places and the Jie of the Boma Mts Rears and the Jie of Alep Triangles are just consider them selves S Sudanese than the clowns Ethiopians... it is a plain truth and S Sudanese do not them as their own peoples.

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              • 8 February 13:32, by Tutbol

                Ethiopia will wake up in Yemeny if it continues to play a big boy in S Sudanese country.

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  • 8 February 11:26, by Joseph

    R.I.P Jona Alfred and your colleagues. UPDF should be withdraw, let incompetent president of RSS die with his people.

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  • 8 February 12:02, by lakoda

    Let Kiir and museveni smell it and strong warning if they will not withdraw immediately they will lost all M7 war plane. ahaha......ah now they remain only with 4 war plane.

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  • 8 February 12:45, by philipdit wol

    This is not clear, let, wait and see what would be the trust behind this.

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  • 8 February 13:23, by NO PEACE

    Nuer Oyee! this is very great leason to all Dinka and Uganda President.

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  • 8 February 15:05, by Atakdee

    Another rebel spokesman, Please rebels we are not kids we are grown up let’s be consistence

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  • 8 February 20:00, by Majongdit

    ANYBODY ALIVE SHOULD NOT BELIEVE THIS STORY. WHAT NEEDS THE SERVICES OF HELICOPTER GUNSHIP IN LAKES? LAKES IS 95% DINKA. WHO COULD DEFECT AGAINST WHO IN THIS STATE? WHAT IS BEING COVERED UP HERE IS CLEAR. IT IS ABOUT THE DEATH OF 4000 NUER SOLDIERS WHO WERE TRYING TO CROSS TO BENTIU BUT THEN THEY WERE FINISHED BY ARMED CIVILIANS.

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    • 9 February 05:04, by Mi diit

      Death of 4,000. Ahahaaaaaaa.....another cheap liar and adopted son of Mrs. Akiir Mayardit and mad dog gay man Museveni. Let me tell you, if you kill 4,000 Nuer soldiers in Lakes state, the whole of the state would have been on fire. Just take the hook and wait for your UGLY turn to cry soon. 700 defected under Major Changkuoth Puok were bombed by your husbands Uganda and killed the UPDF gunner.

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  • 9 February 06:52, by K1 Family

    wanna see the damaged image of the shot Helicopter to prove Nuer rebels rite.

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