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Security conducts house searches for weapons in Juba

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March 24, 2014 (JUBA) – Security officials in South Sudan on Sunday conducted house to house searches for weapons in operation aimed at obtaining illegal arms among residents on the capital, Juba.

The early morning swoop, which took many unaware, also saw several checkpoints created on roads within Juba, limiting up and down movements.

Over the last few weeks, however, Juba has experienced less shootings compared to the early days of the mid-December conflict and the weeks that followed.

Several citizens, in series of interviews with Sudan Tribune, did admit the search was peacefully conducted with not reported cases of the use of violence or force.

A joint operation of South Sudan army (SPLA) and personnel from the Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID), prisons, and wildlife services, the search mainly targeted residences in Juba and its outskirts.

Phillip Aguer, the spokesperson of South Sudan army, described the exercise as normal, saying it was meant to rid the capital of insecurity threats.

"I don’t think there should be any cause of alarm of fear. This is a normal exercise to ensure our citizens are protected so from insecurity," he said.

Meanwhile, the Police spokesperson, Monday Enoka said security personnel seized thousands of firearms, drugs and forgery machines during the three-day operation.

"We recovered a big quantity of arms. It is still too early to know the numbers because it’s huge and we haven’t counted them, but there are thousands", he was quoted saying.

"It is surprising that civilians were in possession of weapons such as RPGs, automatic rifles and grenades. "These are weapons for major assaults", he added.

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  • 25 March 10:38, by omoni jr.

    Go to Ramiciel and search weapons there,we Equatorians do not have weapons,we do not keep cows here, death to you kiir’s supporters.

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    • 25 March 10:49, by Tong dut

      Those guns which was arrested was from Dinkas since their fears is soon Machar is coming, even Ugandan forces had sack all south sudan momey all, SPLA HAVE NO PAYMENT NOW SINCE JANUARY this year.One Ugandan solider salary in south sudan is 300us dolars par a day. and for SPLA salarey 200 us dollars per a month.
      Who will fight for such payment, Yesterday army was on street for payment.OOH.

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      • 25 March 12:40, by mathem jech amer

        Tong dut
        How much do you pay your rebels per month?

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    • 25 March 11:23, by Chol A.

      Omoni Jr you made me laugh, when are you became Equatorian? during the war you are Ugandan and Congoless. Now if things are going back to worse Equatolrian will soon be Ugandan and Nuer will be Ethiopian as they now did and Dinka have no place to go always. But believe me brother your National ID will be asked wether you like it or not because no fool this time.
      death to you traitors

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    • 25 March 16:33, by Johndumo14

      The western+UN are playing a dirty game in South sudan ,they want salva kiir out so they can put Dr Riek Machar as preident of South sudan so they can come and easily steal the oil,gold and many good Things,because Dr Riek is singing a beautiful song called Democracy.

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  • 25 March 10:38, by Tong dut

    The search for waepons in juba was too proffessional,there was no stilling or looting like what had been taking place other years, this time SPLA officer had respect them selves for the first time.
    The reason was Dinkas are problem to south sudan, Now the wrote it yesterday that Equatorians are supporting Macher,And it is equatorians who defended juba from Macher friend of Kiir.

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  • 25 March 10:41, by Monydit

    Bravo I Appreciated that Survey done by Police forces to l.et our pple in Juba to Remain claim bez of Those Rebel. of Riekbaai Machar ,no more fear now in Juba coz of the Rebel. are been Remove out from UNMISS Camps and l.et the go back to their House and plus the security Searching of Guns in House to House ,security you guys make sure no Gun left in Rebel Hand in Juba

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    • 25 March 11:38, by Mayom County Boy

      Monydit is up to you dinka .there is no single of nuer who having guns or a riffle ,most people having guns are from dinka goverment of Mathok Geng & Makuei Lueth .you disarm or you didn.t disarm i think there is no side effect with nuer who are out from dinka goverment.

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  • 25 March 10:49, by Monydit

    that searching mean to know really any Gun Around in the Houses of Crimanal. pple supporting Riekbaai Machar
    I Thank SPLA the did it peacefull as national Army ,ist Nuer Riekbaai Machar soldeirs and the officers they where the one doing bad thing inthe Army if not why no Looting durning this tyme when they where searching houses and you can see the differnce now ,SHAMME ON Riekbaai Machar

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  • 25 March 16:06, by Tom D

    Thousand of armies were collected from the civilians in Juba during recent searching operation carried out by joint security organs. Who armed those civilians? govt what a big joke! how can the govt disarm part of his forces? who those Gwelweng at Luri? Are they civilians or N army? Private army. Kiir should not confuse educated citizens, only whisky know why?

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