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S. Sudanese army denies allegations of killing foreigners habouring Nuers


March 06, 2014 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese army (SPLA) has described allegations its forces killed foreign nationals harbouring members of the Nuer tribe, the country’s second largest ethnic group, as “unfounded”.

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An SPLA soldier walks away from a vehicle while on patrol in Juba on 21 December 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

The allegations emerged in the wake of Wednesday’s outbreak of violence at Geida, a military barracks south-west of the capital, Juba, following a dispute among soldiers over salary payments.

“What happened yesterday (Wednesday) as I have said before was limited to shooting between limited individual soldiers in a limited place. It did not go beyond the military barracks. So it is not correct that some soldiers went out to hunt from members of [the] Nuer [group] and killed foreign nationals,” said Malaak Ayuen, the army’s head of information and public relations, told reporters on Thursday, adding the claims were unacceptable propaganda”.

Ayuen said the army regretted the sporadic shooting which later followed overnight on Wednesday, saying some of the gunshots heard were in fact the denotation of unexploded ordinances, while he described another similar incident in Thongpiny as an alleged misunderstanding between security forces.

However, in a series of interviews with Sudan Tribune on Thursday, residents said that more than 12 civilians, including a six-year-old boy, were shot dead in both accidental and targeted killings during the skirmishes that occurred around the military facility.

The clashes were reportedly triggered when the army’s payment committee restricted payments to its actively serving members present on duty, excluding those who fled to UN camps for safety reasons in mid-December last year after political tensions erupted in violence.

It’s alleged the soldiers, branded deserters by the army, turned violent after becoming angry over salary their arrears.

Three civilians were shot dead by soldiers at Nyakuron, a residential neighbourhood close to the barracks, which witnessed the genesis of the mid-December outbreak of conflict.

“Two government soldiers in full military attires with guns came to the compound and demanded they be shown where Nuer lives. It [was] like they knew that some Nuer were living in this compound, but we all kept quiet. We did not talk, but they kept asking, ‘Where is the Nuer [that] lives here?’ They kept asking, then one Ethiopian national, a man, also living in the same compound, replied that the Nuer residents had gone away two days ago. They accused him of lying and immediately shot him dead and then went into the house where two Nuer members were reportedly hiding and shot them dead,” an eyewitness told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

Another resident claimed two Ugandans living in Jabarona and five Somalis residing in the Gudule area died in Wednesday night’s shoot-out, while a South Sudanese national was also reportedly ahit by stray bullets in Jabarona market area.

The army has put the official death toll at 25, although the actual number of people killed remains unclear. Civilian and military ambulances were seen moving around the town with their sirens blaring. Government soldiers continued to patrol streets on Thursday, with several roadblocks set up in key strategic areas and installations.


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  • 7 March 2014 08:11, by Mi diit

    Coward liars, who will believe you in this wide world. You murdered them in cold blood and now you want to deny it. You and your husbands from Uganda army will one day pay for the things you now do. Just wait for the tables to turn.

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    • 7 March 2014 08:22, by omoni jr.

      who can trust this genocidal regime? All their leaders are composed of liars and murderers,whatever they said is always opposite to the truth. They indeed killed the Nuer civilians yesterday for nothing.Please guys do not trust this gabage and salvage government of liars.

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      • 7 March 2014 09:10, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Mi diit, Omoni Jr, etc,
        Empty drums are making too much noise. How many UN containers wrongly labeled whiled loaded with arms and ammos intended for installing Dr. Fool Riek into Leadership position that he has been looking for in the bush and in Khartoum but in vain. Do you believe that with/out UN support, Dr. Fool Riek will be the President of South Sudan regardless of other Nuer PhD holders?

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        • 7 March 2014 09:18, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Let me tell you one thing. Western world has its own interest as it controls UN and the democratically elected government of South Sudanese has its interest including the divided UNSC Members States. But God knows whose interest is just, but not diabolical to the welfare of South Sudanese and its neighbors. We should all know that RSS will never be the same as well as western world/global actors.

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          • 7 March 2014 09:35, by Adodi Jotuwa

            Look around how some world leaders are being engaged in discussions over the issue of Ukraine as if their interest/approach, economic or political, is better than the interest of other nations or people created by God to share this planet. Without compromise, our world will never be peaceful, no matter who claims to lead it or creates condition for acting unilaterally....

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            • 7 March 2014 09:56, by Adodi Jotuwa

              ....without considering the interest of other nations or its people regardless of differences in economic, technological, cultural, political, military might. Of course, some nations are going too far (extreme). Getting involved in internal affairs of any country deemed less developed without considering exit strategy will make South Sudan remain like Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, DRC, CAR, Mali,etc

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              • 7 March 2014 10:09, by Adodi Jotuwa

                Since its creation in 1945, it’s not the first time for UN to be used as a channel for executing hidden agenda especially in what the western world calls it less developed, third world, you name it. Social or cultural norm deemed acceptable on global scale should be sensitized rather than imposed upon less developed countries so long as it doesn’t threaten world peace be it between East & West.

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                • 7 March 2014 10:39, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  Death is death, it’ll never make any difference if the intention of reporting it to readers is to taint the government’s or Dinkas’ image. The killing of two UN soldiers, 30 Dinkas and one Nuer (for his support to Dinkas) by rebels in Akobo UNMISS compound is less important than the Dinkas killed by Nuers in Bor & Malakal UNMISS compounds which is un accounted for.

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                  • 7 March 2014 11:13, by Diversity

                    It’s really shameful to the whole South Sudanese in general to hear such a thing like targeting one ethnic members in the country they called theirs and by the government they elected and fought for!!
                    Plus, our neighbors whom the regime is killing in cold blood are the ones that empowers the S.Sudanese economy wise and even with their own human resources.
                    Shame on the so-called SPLm/A!!

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            • 7 March 2014 10:06, by Bentiu son

              Waw!I wonder,how this imposed ugly tribal war will end between Dinka Bahr El Ghazal n Nuer Community.It becomes a norms for Bahr el Ghazalians Dinka foolish majority to kill Nuer tribes whenever there is crisis in Juba or elsewhere across the country.What conspiracy n cowardice? Well, u started it don’t regret later when we response your tit for tat retaliatory actions.Hell away with ur geno regim

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      • 7 March 2014 11:05, by Diversity

        Deception and lies have played a very important role in the SPLM/A’s gaining and maintaining control. S. Sudan suffered the longest and most hateful and sad history in the world, and S. Sudanese intellectuals have had the greatest faith in history since ancient times.

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      • 7 March 2014 18:39, by william

        Your prophet of doom will trust SPLM/A as he did in 2002. He will come when his in-laws were defeated. To assure you militia attitudes will not and will never be tolerated this time. We will deal with he who misbehave accordingly. No more forgiveness ever.

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    • 7 March 2014 12:31, by Tong dut

      You said Nue is against Dinkas, Now dinkas are killing dinkas. soon dinka will kill Salva Kiir their boss.
      Who are shooting in juba now? Dinkas are rulling and killing any tribe as they organised.

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    • 8 March 2014 09:10, by Jewish Ally

      South Sudanese will not follow blind those who speak loudly while the 100% evils. Nuer are butch of murderers that do not deserve to rule other tribes, because they lack sympathy. until your hatres dies away from you and accept reconciliation, death will cease.

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  • 7 March 2014 14:37, by Majongdit

    Anonymous eye witnesses are always the making up of the author of the article published.

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  • 7 March 2014 15:32, by Whortti Bor Manza

    If Uganda, Ethiopia were to retaliate, where will the Dinkas go. See how ungrateful, faithless, ruthless, barbaric, narco minded, crude, ignorant, uncivilized, mediocre and senseless the Dinkas are. This is a lesson for Uganda to learn. These guys are only good at cold blood killings. Go to Malakal, Wadakona, Nasser, Akobo to evict Riek. Shame on you Dinkas.

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    • 7 March 2014 18:46, by william

      The force of Major general Santino Deng Wol who evicted you out of Bentu is on his way to fuck out of the above mentioned place very soon not later than this month dog. Riak fooled you to death for no reason. while his son is in Poland.

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      • 7 March 2014 20:11, by jijury

        Santino Deng Wol is a dead man walking, here Malakal, we are waiting happily to send his body back home through the Nile. Meanwhile get ready for major assaults on Bor, Bentiu and Juba.

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