Home | News    Tuesday 25 February 2014

S. Sudan army claims 200 dissident forces killed in Jonglei clashes

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

February 24, 2014 (JUBA) – The spokesperson for the South Sudan army (SPLA) claimed on Monday that its had forces killed nearly 200 rebels who launched attacks on government positions in Gadiang, about 90km north of the Jonglei state capital, Bor, on Sunday.

JPEG - 30.1 kb
The South Sudanese army (SPLA) spokesperson, Phillip Aguer (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

“Forces of [former vice-president] Riek Machar were repulsed, leaving behind them 173 [rebels] killed,” Philip Aguer told Sudan Tribune by phone, adding that the army lost 10 soldiers while 16 were wounded.

However, rebel spokesperson Lul Ruai Koang disputed the army’s account of events, claiming figures released by their opponents were exaggerated.

“We did not lose that number of servicemen in our side,” he said, without providing further details on casualties, adding that government forces had instigated the attack.

Earlier claims that rebel forces were in control of Gadiang could not be independently verified by Sudan Tribune due to the remoteness of the area.

Philip Thon Leek, a lawmaker representing Duk County in the South Sudan assembly, blamed the rebels for “turning their anger on villagers after being defeated by government forces” on Sunday.

“They are destroying buildings, schools and [Duk] county headquarters,” Leek said in an interview on Monday, adding that two civilians were killed during Sunday’s attack.

“They torched houses of the local residents. They (rebels) were intentionally trying to reinforce their front in Gadiang, which was dismantled yesterday. And I think when they heard that, they bent their anger on the local people in Duk County,” the MP said.

According to the lawmaker, at least 43,000 villagers were forced out of their homes in Mareng, Ager and Payuel payams (districts) as fighting continued on Monday.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 25 February 12:07, by Niggorota

    296 freedom fighters killed in that battle brothers.it is not a claim but a reality.

    repondre message

    • 25 February 13:49, by Tata

      Who are freedom fithters? Plz respect that word and don’t misuse it. You can’t call bandits, looters, thieves "freedom fighters". Those people are anti-SPLM who endeover to clash it from within.

      repondre message

      • 25 February 14:23, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        wait for news of mass surrender of this democratic looters, Spla want them to surrender this week or face total anililation after the dateline.

        repondre message

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


The theory of African president and prime minister, working together 2014-11-22 05:32:12 By Steve Paterno November 21, 2014 - Africa is notoriously known for political instability, stemming in most cases, over power struggle among the ruling elites. Often times, the best and quick (...)

The UNAMID internal report on mass rape in Tabit. 2014-11-21 06:09:21 What UNAMID really said about their investigation of mass sexual assaults on Tabit: The internal report on what investigators found By Eric Reeves November 20, 2014 - On November 12, 2014 (...)

Bullying Darfur 2014-11-13 18:13:39 By Namaa Al-Mahdi November 13, 2014 - “We broke their backs in Abu Karshola, I doubt they have recovered since,” said a prominent Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) member about their counter attack on (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


Sudan Democracy First Group condemns wave of arbitrary arrests in Sudan 2014-09-25 05:17:35 Sudan Democracy First Group 25 September 2014 - In a desperate attempt to prevent a series of events commemorating the victims of the September 2013 protests, Sudan’s notorious National (...)

HRW calls on UN rights body to press Sudan to investigate murder of peaceful protesters 2014-09-24 21:24:09 Human Rights Watch One Year On, No Justice for Protester Deaths (Geneva, September 23, 2014) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should call on Sudan to account immediately for the death (...)

Hundreds walk for peace in South Sudan 2014-09-23 08:30:16 National Platform for Peace and Reconciliation (NPPR) PRESS RELEASE Juba, 21 September 2014 - Hundreds of people took to the streets of the South Sudan capital Jubato ‘Walk for Peace’and demand (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.