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Heavy fighting erupts in Juba military barracks: witnesses

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March 5, 2014 (JUBA) – Heavy fighting erupted on Wednesday morning in the South Sudan capital, Juba, as sounds of gunfire and heavy artillery sparked panic among residents, with many fleeing their work places.

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Thick smoke rises above Gieda military barracks in Juba, March 5, 2014 (Matata Safi via facebook)

The fighting started at about 9am (local time) at a military barracks, locally known as Geida, the same place where violence erupted on 15 December between soldiers loyal to president Salva Kiir and those supporting former vice-president Riek Machar.

South Sudan’s ministry of information confirmed the fighting was related to a pay dispute among soldiers in the South Sudan army (SPLA).

Thick smoke could be seen billowing over the barracks, located south-east of Juba, as uncontrolled gunfire continued from the military facility for most of the morning.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune by phone, Brig. Gen. Malaak Ayuen, SPLA director of information and communications, downplayed the incident.

“It was something between the commando unit. I want our people to go ahead with their normal lives,” he said

“It was a disagreement between few individuals,” he added.

Ayuen said the fighting is limited to the barracks that hosts the presidential unit, adding that a number of people had been arrested in connection to the incident.

The minister for the presidency, in a statement seen by Sudan Tribune, said a misunderstanding arose among soldiers who had convened to receive their salaries at the military barracks creating "little confusion".

"It was not a rebellion or anything of that nature. There is no heavy gun fire in Juba at all, the problem has already been resolved, everything now is under control and the situation at the army barracks is back to normal," assured Awan Guol Riak.

Earlier on, however, military sources told Sudan Tribune that the clashes involved the presidential guards, known as the Tiger and Commando units, at the barracks.

The clashes are the heaviest since the mid-December violence, eyewitnesses say.

The fighting was still continuing at 10am, with sounds of Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and heavy artilleries shaking the city.

An eyewitness said he saw dozens of injured soldiers being rushed to Juba teaching hospital. Unconfirmed reports also indicate that a number of soldiers died in the clashes.

“The military are now patrolling the city and have set up road blocks on major highways,” said the eye witness, citing roads leading to the airport and the military headquarters.

(ST)

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  • 5 March 10:02, by omoni jr.

    Salva kiir keep adding the problem on top of the problems.

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    • 5 March 10:24, by Wicdail

      This puppet call Gatwich Gai, has been used by those thugs to crash and captured our heroes. Now let him pay the ultimate prize from Kirr tribal regime. Listening this disgrace, useless, and coward man call (James Kok Ruai) is a mistakes.

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      • 5 March 12:27, by Mi diit

        Ahahaa...I could see Mrs. Akiir Museveni running to her hole in her house like a coward rat. How come he told his gelweng militias not to pay the other non-Dinka soldiers calling them potential enemies. Mrs. Akiir will always do stupid things that will increase rebellion in the army and more chaos in South Sudan. Shame on such divisive leader.

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        • 5 March 12:41, by Mi diit

          When it comes to food/money the Dinka will always deny their colleagues from other tribes to benefit from the same food/money, while they use them to fight their war. What a stupid behavior. Let the rebels capture and close that damn oil and see where these greedy creatures will continue to get food/money and exercise corruption. Shame on this sorry leadership.

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          • 5 March 12:51, by mathem jech amer

            Nuers arew rebels, they are not part of current government, so which money they want, most of these rebelled before and are coming back to receive money, send their wives to Kakuma and go back to Riek. Pls go back for your looting rebellion.

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        • 6 March 09:25, by BM-21

          MI BIIT(MI DIIT)
          I see riak machar will not rule South Sudan till his death.food lovers Nuers. Kiir Mayardit will not run any where he was born in South and he will died in South Sudan with good story.

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      • 5 March 13:55, by Mr Point

        The last time something like this happened Kiir sent death squads to massacre the Nuer, attempt the murder of his main political rival, and ignited a civil war and tribal revenge killings.
        And still it goes on.
        Kiir is not as competent as Garang, is he?

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    • 6 March 04:34, by Johndumo14

      This is the time the gorrila army called SPLA,became the official army OF SOUTH SUDAN-
      SHOW TO THE WORLD THAT THEY CAN DEFEND THIS COUNTRY NO MATTER WHERE THE ENEMY COMES FROM WITHIN OR ACROSS ITS BORDERS.By all Means they have to defeat the rebellion now or in the furture!! This rebellion is very small compared to the one Riek rebbeled in 1991,the gov.have the Money and the logistics!!

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    • 6 March 10:00, by Jewish Ally

      OMONI
      YOU SEEM TO BE ADDICTED TO SALVA KIIR. ARE YOU ONE OF THE ILLEGITIMATE SON THAT WAS DIVORCE WITH THE MOTHER AND WANTED TO TAKE REVENGE ON HIM? YOU THINK THAT KIIR CAN BE A SOLUTION TO EVERYTHING, EVEN IF YOUR WIFE REFUSED YOU THE BED KIIR SHOULD INTERVENE THERE! LOL

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  • 5 March 10:07, by Rami Tot

    mrs Nyakiir Mayar has experiences some resistance and will face eleminations everywhere

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    • 5 March 10:32, by Ayom Ayom

      I think It was a dispute over salaries but not happy fighting as you put it, don’t exaggerate

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  • 5 March 10:09, by Jubawe

    Imagine if solders are fighting of no salary, our country went to worst because of Kirr lost of direction, Kirr should step down let our be loving install peace, this is a sign of going to worst in few days, those Kirr advisors are destroying our nation, no doubt we need government without Kirr and risk.

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    • 5 March 12:13, by Diversity

      None of us is to let Alfred Lado and Rebecca Nyandeng down when they aspired for federal Democratic System.

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    • 5 March 16:53, by chol

      You lucking understanding dude. Those soldiers cannot claims money for those are fighting the government.that’s other prove Nuers are stupid no one in right mind would thinks that going happen.

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  • 5 March 10:15, by Bravo Nuer

    Gatyiel Malual is in details. if Prophet Isaiah ’s prophecies for the coming of Messiah have come to pass; why not Prophet Ngundeng Bong who prophesied good and bad alike his prophecies can’t dawn with time? though a Prophet is not recognized in his own land future will absolve Ngundeng.

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  • 5 March 10:16, by Dr B2

    Kiir want to clean all Nuer soldiers from his own stupid Dinka army that will not help him to keep him self in presidency.

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  • 5 March 10:17, by Northern Sudanese

    What a mess..... rebels will soon take over Juba, no doubt about that.

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  • 5 March 12:12, by Chol A.

    Guys what happen today at military barrack it just between commando whose Gatwich delay there salaries and now the situation is normal because some Gatwich body guards open fire to those soldiers who are demanded money. Now where did fight erupted while in happen in 5 minute and calm in just that minutes?

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    • 5 March 12:37, by Mi diit

      Mrs. Akiir Museveni’s militias refused to pay the Nuer commandos and tried to arrest Brig Gatwech Gai for complaining about the discrimination while those Nuer were the ones fighting to keep Mrs. Akiir in power. Now when it comes to food/money Kiir and his Dinka always forget their colleagues. What a greed by the most corrupt South Sudanese leader called Akiir and her hungry militias.

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      • 5 March 12:48, by mathem jech amer

        Brabo Kiir malitias
        Most powerful malitias in the world, I have never heard throughout history that malitias are so strong that they always defeat well trained army of Nuers.

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  • 5 March 12:59, by Jalaby

    Who told you to expel out Arab/Jalaba from the south in the first place?
    Since Arab/Jalaba are not in the middle between you guys then you will continue to kill yourself as bad as hell!
    Former Chief Dinka Ngok Deng Majok was right, Glass will break if you pull the grass from between!
    Please ask Arab/Jalaba to come back before no one left from you guys!

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    • 5 March 13:05, by Jalaby

      I believe Arab/Jalaba will come back to the south either way, if you ask them to come back then they will come and protect you from yourself evil, if you don’t then you will kill yourself up to the last evil self of yours till nobody of you left in the south and then Arab/Jalaba will find the south a land which has no nation and come back and announce their ownership!!

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    • 5 March 13:14, by Pif Paf

      Jalaby,
      Sometimes I get the feeling you want the south to unite again. This is a big mistake. Look at what is happening there now. Y would u want to inherit such problems? The south disadvantages far outweigh its advantages in a united Sudan. The South will overcome its problems in the future and we will have brotherly relations with them for the good of both countries no doubt.

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  • 5 March 13:28, by Alfredo christiani

    Hahahahaha I really astonished by kinds of these names, Omonijr, Kumbo, Romi tot, Wicdial and Midit and Nudadeng, are the names of peoples or Animals? Can one of you answer me? Kiir Mayardit will be on your neck until Jesus Christ comes back to the earth .look SPLA soldiers are enjoying salaries of two months and you are suffering in the small bushes eating leaves of trees with dirty water, why y

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  • 5 March 13:32, by Alfredo christiani

    why you subjected yourselves to difficulties, fools always suffered for no reasons or objectives ,what are you fighting for ,is it leadership or money /food? hahhahahah

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  • 5 March 16:16, by Kim Deng

    It’s up to Dinka Kingdom to pay those sell-out Nuer soldiers who defend these coward Jaang/Slaves Kingdom since December 15, 2013 or reject them payment.

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  • 5 March 19:24, by Joseph Canada

    They killed un armed Nuer soldiers again? . An very sure Salva is the one who want them killed.

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