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S. Sudan army says repulsed rebel attempt to overrun Renk county


April 17, 2014 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese army (SPLA) on Thursday said it repulsed a rebel attempt to overrun Renk, another strategic Upper Nile state town located at the North-South Sudan border.

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Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) sit on a pick-up truck during a patrol in Upper Nile state Malakal on 21 January 2014 (Photo: AFP/Harrison Ngethi)

“The SPLA Sector Command in Paloich has repelled a rebel assault on Renk town this evening. They (rebels) attacked the town around 4:00PM on Wednesday from South West of the town," said Maj.General Garang Mabil.

"The fighting raged for more than four hours," added the military officer who is part of the SPLA command forces in the area.

Sporadic gunfire, multiple residents told Sudan Tribune, was heard in areas south of town, while details of the attacks remained sketchy. Military sources, however, claimed several civilians and military personnel sustained injuries during the attack.

Local authorities said the attack caused panic among civilian population, forcing thousands of civilians to flee and spend the night in bushes after the town was stormed.

Renk is more 970km north west of Juba and just 35km south of Sudan border.

The attack on Renk added another pressure on the government troops struggling with the insurgency to assert full control of the Upper Nile region, especially areas where oil is produced. The attack came after government lost Bentiu town, the Unity State capital on Tuesday and has since been fighting running battles with the rebels within the outskirts of the town.

Government troops in Malakal town, the Upper Nile state capital, said on Wednesday they were involved in clashes with rebel forces in Doleib Hill, located some 16 kilometers south of the town, in addition to the clashes in Renk town.


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  • 18 April 2014 07:31, by Mi diit

    But yesterday Philip Aguer said there was no fighting at all in Renk and that rebels were lying. Today Gen Garang Mabil has told the truth that there was heavy fighting in Renk town. What is wrong with this liar, called Philip Aguer? The truth is the rebels will soon capture Renk.

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    • 18 April 2014 07:50, by Johndumo14

      Rebels of Riek Machar are being trained in Kosti-Sudan.
      My friend has just come to Juba from Kosti,and he saw refugees WHO entered sudan be arested and forced to join training and sent to South sudan to fight,this is a true story,sudan is still playing his dirty game to s.sudan.

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    • 18 April 2014 08:15, by Tong dut

      The confused Dinka president went to Addiss,while Nuer are on the way to Warrap state to kill good number or Dinkas there like what took place yesterday at Bor,Tribal war is the best.

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