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Rebels claim top army general among hundreds killed in Bentiu


April 16, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese rebels claimed they have killed 510 soldiers including a top general while fighting the South Sudan army (SPLA) over the control of the strategic state capital of Unity state, Bentiu, for the last three days.

Lt. Col. Peter Riek Gew, a militarily spokesperson for Unity state, told Sudan Tribune over a phone interview on Tuesday that between Sunday, Monday and Tuesday their forces inflicted heavy casualties on the government’s troops as they were taking full control of Bentiu and other oil fields located north of the state capital.

“We have destroyed 7 war tanks from the enemies. We killed brigadier general Boutros Lominy,” Gew said, while referring to the earlier casualties inflicted on the government in the outskirts of the town on Monday.

The rebel spokesperson also claimed that on Tuesday they also destroyed three other tanks and captured four others in good condition while battling with the SPLA over the control of state capital Bentiu in the morning hours on Tuesday.

Gew also confirmed they captured a number of government officials SPLA including Maj. Gen. Carlos Kuol, a former rebel from the SSLA that joined the government under the command of Lt. Gen. Puljang and have been fighting alongside the government troops since the conflict erupted in mid-December 2013.


Sudan Tribune has learned that the SPLA forces from Leer County, home of former vice-president, turned rebel leader Riek Machar have withdrawn from the area after hearing the recapture of Rubkotna on Monday by the rebel forces.

It is however yet to be confirmed whether the government forces who allegedly disappeared from Leer were coming to Bentiu for reinforcement, or fleeing the area west towards the Bahr el Ghazal region.

The control over the state capital by the rebels’ forces on Tuesday was received with joy, dancing and singing in groups of thousands of the IDPs who were seeking shelter in the UNMISS base in Bentiu for fear of government’s troops.

“Our being here in the camp has been horrible; we are restricted from our freedom in our ancestral land. The control over Bentiu town and other counties will hopefully make us to go and stay in our own houses,” an anonymous IDP told Sudan Tribune over a phone interview on Tuesday.


The Unity state’s military spokesperson, Gew, further added that they were however still in hot pursuit of many government army’s generals who were being chased in two different directions.

“I cannot now tell the fate of those Salva Kiir’s generals which are forces are still pursuing in the bushes. We are yet to receive reports about them, whether or not they have successfully escaped as I am lately told some of them have fallen into further ambushes on the way,” said Gew.

He suspected that Lt. Gen. Jok Riak, who is the government’s overall sector commander for the whole of Greater Bahre el Ghazal region and Unity state could be among the army generals in disarray and being hunted down in the bushes.

He however confirmed that some of them narrowly escaped southwards and were successfully evacuated with helicopters to Juba including the deputy governor of the state, Stephen Mabek Lang, a Dinka from Pariang County in the state.

The government previously amassed troops in Unity state as it brought thousands more from the army divisions 3 and 5 from Greater Bahr el Ghazal region, and vowed to maintain control over the strategic Bentiu town.

The recent victory over the government forces allows the rebels to control the Unity oilfields.

The rebels say they expect to control the whole of Upper Nile region during the coming rainy season including all its oilfields and take the fight to Juba, the national capital, or to Greater Bahr el Ghazal region, which is home to president Salva Kiir.


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  • 16 April 2014 11:32, by Malakal county Simon

    Both Boutros and Jem commanding officer are confirmed dead, with fate of Mabec Lang unknown....On the other hand, General Mathews Puljang decided to stay neutral until further notice.... This is a good lesson for money lovers and SPLA Kiir loyalists before being kills, or capture alive!!!!

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    • 16 April 2014 11:44, by Ayom Ayom

      Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events. It is a tit for tat

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    • 16 April 2014 11:56, by omoni jr.

      This report is 99% right,hahahah,it is indeed a great lesson to salva kiir thugs.

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      • 16 April 2014 12:39, by Chol A.

        To all nyagat sons and daughters don’t just celebrates yet there is worse to come event thought you get hand from SAF whom you cry for help since. I have to advise to let innocent food lovers Nuer that used UN based not to come out yet, let them stay in otherwise there will be no way they will rush to take shelter at UN again because the way to UN will be first siege. You laugh with blood soon.

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      • 16 April 2014 12:39, by Maguangdit

        Nuer militia, don`t dance. The fact that your former master Al-Bashir has recaptured Bentiu for you doesn`t mean that you have done anything. You will either join your master in Sudan for good or South Sudan will have to make final decision on your issue. Let`s see the form this war will take in the near future. For now, give your ass to your master as usual. "Once militia is always militia".

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    • 16 April 2014 16:30, by Paul

      Lack of tactical warfare, lack of command and control, lack of morale building, lack of objective, lack of intelligence gathering.... lack of everything...my god! Give people good air conditioned cars, money, and luxurious foreign trips and they forget about what matters most; the land and the aim to protect it by all course! There were thousands stationed in Bentiu. what happened?

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  • 16 April 2014 12:28, by Letigolight

    I said yesterday and I repeat that this is another heart attack for Kiir, his dougle has lost strength due to lack of blood supply and I am sure he will not fuck his concubines - Ann Itto and Nunu Kumba very well tonight, they will try to twist it around to make it respond but will finally bend down in fear! We shall look for these women other husbands to do a satisfying job!

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  • 16 April 2014 12:55, by wang

    Only two choices left for Idiot Salva Kiir and his thugs...leave the Greater Upper Nile region before rainy seasons arrive or risk their lives if they are wishing to stay in..

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    • 16 April 2014 13:08, by Chol A.

      Nyagat wang, you are joking taking one town does not mean the fall of South Sudan only dumb like you can think that way. Please let see who will be winner in this coming rainy session. Whatever make government hard to fight you in rainy session will be thesame to you.

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      • 16 April 2014 17:26, by hellonearth

        Chol A

        you are delusional and retard. SPLA was unable to defeat Yau Yau during dry and wet seasons. you think that weaker SPLA-Dinka will now manage with their Ugandans. please start buying houses in Kampala for you will always be there for the rest of your life

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        • 16 April 2014 20:47, by Rommel

          People on both sides really must stop with these ridiculous pronouncements. Riek had an alliance with a partner significantly stronger than Uganda during the war, and he still didn’t win, so what makes you think that we’re going to become victims of exile!? We’re here to stay. We’re not going anywhere.

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  • 16 April 2014 13:58, by Majongdit

    Riek Machar goes back to Khartoum. And Beshir be with him!
    Bentiu and Unity State lies by our mercy. Because of Monytuil, we respected Nuer Bul. Otherwise, there is nothing hard in dinkanizing and Bahr-el-ghazaling the whole of Unity State and get it renamed as ’Dinka State’

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  • 16 April 2014 14:52, by Uncle J

    Even the rebels themselves know it very well that there is no way forward and still blackmail themselves to recapture all oilfields and fight towards Juba or take direction toward Kiir place that’s just building castle in the air. I have calculated the worse to come and predict December 15 will be better than this long Easter weekend,so rebels are only taking a rest but Bintieu is gonna be a hell

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  • 16 April 2014 15:48, by Morthon Akol

    somebody help me with answering this question. SPLA said that those are just untrained people. now how come they kill about 500 hundred SPLA IN Benitu and capture the town?

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  • 16 April 2014 16:35, by Kim Deng

    The Nuer (the only threat to Dinka Kingdom in the South) patience for their unquestionable love to the mother land (South Sudan) gave Dinka all the opportunity they needed to expand their power in the South. The more wealth and powerful the Dinka become, the more able they are to further expand their empire. Such, we have seen that the Dinka Kingdom has been using the SPLA not only to...

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  • 16 April 2014 16:36, by Uncle J

    To morthon Akol,
    Just take this scenario as an example, if a 4 year old child aims a loaded gun at you, then pull a trigger will you still be there??? it is not about being trained it is about being immune to fear so those rebel fighters are so immune to fear and with that they are likely to defeat even American marines

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    • 16 April 2014 17:36, by Paul

      hmm....Certainly Not!

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    • 16 April 2014 20:41, by Rommel

      Uncle J:
      The rebels that captured Bentiu are not some rag-tag, untrained militiamen — they are a split from the national army. If they were ’immune’ to fear they wouldn’t have lost Bentiu in the first place.

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  • 16 April 2014 16:36, by Kim Deng

    eliminate Nuer leaders, but also to destroy/reverse Nuer History [Nuer Conquest/Expansion-Nuer resistance against colonial rule.] By 2016, the non-Dinka tribes across Dinka Kingdom especially the Nuer who never surrender to any colonial or Kingship will be subdue to the maximum.

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  • 16 April 2014 16:48, by Uncle J

    At least we have a dinka president now and LRA has been a rebel for more than 20 years that means the same shit will apply to Mr. Riek rebels

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  • 16 April 2014 21:43, by Joseph Canada

    My heart goes to the families of those lost in the war thats forced into their children by the Dinka Nepotistic, and segregative power mongering leadership. The World is watching and they will be soon gone just like Ghadhafi of Lybia.

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    • 17 April 2014 05:55, by Wicdail

      I have told you that 60% of SPLA of Kirr in Unity State were killed wounded, captured or be captures. 40% will be hunt down. Whereabouts of JEM, SPLA-N and UPDF remain a mystery. But those who sponsor them, their business community in Bentiu have paid ultimate price already. This is a once and for all lession. Kirr’SPLA will never think of attacking Bentiu again never.

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      • 17 April 2014 14:24, by Gangura

        I am happy with the news becoz, what rebels did is what we equatorians wants, otherwise thes idiot dinkas has to go.

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