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Rebels deny attacking Duk county in Jonglei state

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February 25, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan rebels military spokesperson, Brig Lul Ruai, has categorically denied reports that the opposition forces attacked Duk county, north of Bor town in Jonglei state.

Philip Thon Leek, a lawmaker representing Duk county in Juba told Sudan Tribune that rebels loyal to the former vice president, Riek Machar, had destroyed Duk county headquarters on Monday.

"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.

However officials in Bor told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday that over 68,000 villagers fled their areas and now heading to Twic East county after Monday attacks.

But the rebels spokesperson, Brig Lul Ruai, dismissed the claim by the county MP, saying Duk county was attacked by the defeated and fleeing SPLA soldiers from Gadiang military base who had mistaken Dinka villages in the bordering Duk county for Nuer villages.

"The truth is that SPLA forces and their allies retreating from Gadiang mistook Mareng for a Nuer village and hence torched it," Ruai explained.

"This is because the people of Duk county share many similarities with the Nuer including; the same scarification, cultures and as a matter of fact, majority of Dinka from Duk County do not even know how to speak in Dinka," he further claimed.

He said the cultural similarities between the Nuer and the Dinka of Duk county “put them at greater risk given Kiir’s army systematic and deliberate targeting of the Nuers wherever they are found.”

He also dismissed government claims that they were in control of Gadiang while pursuing the rebels to Yuai, describing the claim as "empty words that do not contain any element of truth".

"In fact, our forces are in firm control of Gadiang," he said.

The spokesperson also denied rumors in some media quarters that the rebels had lost 173 including three generals, namely Gen Simon Gatwech Dual and Brig James Mabor Dhol plus another unnamed officer, saying those were mere fabrications.

"The generals are safe and sound," he said, adding "SPLA’s claims that they had killed 173 of our servicemen are far-fetched imaginary figures".

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  • 26 February 2014 08:35, by michael coma

    Brig.Lul Ruai is another confused element who likes to complicated liars.1000 soldiers from your side have surrundered to SPLA forces in Unity state and i know you bastard will deny it later.It is clear that Duop Lam was the one head looting team to Duk and burned houses when he got millets out of they houses.Deny it again big liar.

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    • 27 February 2014 04:27, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Lul Ruai is from Bentiu, he is a reknown student for telling lies to his versity friends in Nairobi. he just want his name to be mesmerizes by everyone.

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  • 26 February 2014 11:31, by lakoda

    Liars Tribe in the whole world and in east Africa, the most fearful Tribes that i never heard in my life, i really thank God of not being from this useless human being who where born with liar and fearfulness community in south Sudan, east Africa, Africa and the whole world. I doubt if this tribe call Dinka Barahelgazel are really normal, look at them all of them are thieves in theirs own leadersh

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  • 26 February 2014 15:11, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    these are all false claims does it mean that people of Duk don’t differentiate Nuer from SPLA? it is baseless information and in real fact the Gaweer Nuer came and looted every house in the county and even now they are still occupying some of the payams, if they are SPLA why do they loot

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  • 26 February 2014 16:40, by Kim Deng

    It is also quite clear that Nuer military domination of the Dinka and other Jurs was grounded in their capacity to field a numerically superior fighting force, and in the organizational features through which mobilization on a large scale was effective. Other aspects of the Nuer advantage were secondary and derivative. Nuer Warriors tactics are relatively simple and straightforward.

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    • 27 February 2014 01:53, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

      Kim Deng! your criminal warlord tribe will never win to take govrt. even if they allied with Abyssiana and Arab it will lead Africa dejecting out to Middle East. Abyssinia are settlers in the Land of Black Kuch. Ethio involve will lead us to bring mangistu and Oram back take over Ethio. we will claim Gambella,Assosa,dimma and Omah Valley region.
      SPLA liberation tone.

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      • 27 February 2014 04:15, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        well come brother Nguetbun, I thought you died of old age a little but not long time ago.

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