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S. Sudan slams attack on UN base, launches investigation

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April 18, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has strongly condemned Thursday’s incident in which armed gunmen attacked a United Nations base in Jonglei’s state capital, Bor.

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South Sudanese information minister Michael Makuei Lueth attends a press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 5 January 2014 (Photo: AP/Elias Asmara)

A statement from the UN mission in the country said the “unprovoked attack” came under the “guise of peaceful demonstration” organised by youth.

Government officials, however, assured on Friday that they would cooperate with world body to determine the motive behind the attack on a base, which currently houses more than 5,000 displaced civilians.

Medical sources told Sudan Tribune that at least 30 people died following the incident which saw youth march towards the protection of civilians site in Bor.

South Sudan’s information minister Michael Makuei Lueth told reporters on Friday that government would probe the incident to determine who first fired the shot.

“Before the presentation of the protest [letter by the youth] and for unexplained and unclear reasons, gunshots were heard and this lead to breakdown of peaceful procession,” said Makuei, flanked by his foreign affairs and interior counterparts.

"Both the government and UNMISS [UN Mission in South Sudan] will cooperate to establish the cause of the firing and “culprits will be brought to books," he added.

Deng Dau Deng, the chairperson of the Greater Bor lawmakers in Juba, described Bor as a home to all citizens, denying its people were responsible for the procession.

“Bor is cosmopolitan town and I am told even a youth from Sudan was injured during the shooting,” said Deng, who also denied the issuance of any ultimatum demanding that Nuer internally displaced people leave Bor town.

Foreign affairs minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said “there is no reason to revenge.”

“The government and rebels are at peace talks and civilians should give peace a chance,” he said, urging the international community to support the peace process.

“This is an elected government and everybody know that,” Marial stressed.

Violence broke out in the South Sudan capital in mid-December last year and later spread to three of its 10 states. More than a million people, the UN says, have since been displaced within the country, with 280,000 fleeing to neighbouring countries.

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  • 19 April 2014 09:06, by hamil

    What outcome and actions have the people of South Sudan seen in regard to several crimes that have been investigated? We have heard of numerous investigations regarding killing of innocent people being carried out in the last five years but have we ever heard of the results and actions taken. This country is just crippled and the these politicians without portfolio should do this country a favour

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  • 19 April 2014 09:11, by Bentiu son

    Dear readers the government of Foolish Dinka Bahr El Ghazal had already been hijacked by well known Dinka Bor Gok of Makuei Lueth,Kuol Manyang Juuk,Malaak Ayuel and their puppets from Dinka Bor South Philip Thon Leek and Philp Aguer Panyang.Well,drag your fools to hells before we capture you alive or dead. Our Jonglei State won’t be same again!!!mark my words cowards,gossipers,lies creators.

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    • 19 April 2014 09:22, by Bentiu son

      who hate Nuer and Murle to death in Jonglei.Makuei Ngooth shut your flattering mouth,you are engineering of that massacred in Bor Town and mobilization against UNMISS personal special it peace lover like Hilde Johnson who fight hard to protect civilians whom your brutal regime murdering daily.It is shame for Makuei Ngooth to run when seeing Armed Nuer warriors and proud when killing unarmed Nuer

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  • 19 April 2014 09:13, by hamil

    And go the exile I strongly support the sanctions which the United States is willing to impose on these war mongers. The truth is South Sudan doesn’t have politicians what we have are previous war veterans and who now take their being in the bush to exploit the Country. Their minds are being corrupted by greed, nepotism, tribalism, corruption and killing of defenseless innocent civilians.

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    • 19 April 2014 09:25, by Nyesi Ta

      This corrupt gov’t is not going to investigate the massacre of Nuer in Bor cos after all they incited the youth and the military in plane clothes to break into the UN compound to slaughter the Nuer women and children, a repeat of what had taken place in Juba four months ago.

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  • 19 April 2014 09:20, by hamil

    Our self proclaimed politicians and government have become liars in the truth of light today the truth is always twisted the death of 20,000 people is lessened to 100 people reported being dead. Their families and relatives are for merry making in foreign countries feeding from the outcome of spilt blood of the people of South Sudan who remain in the country and left exposed to violence.

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  • 19 April 2014 09:31, by hamil

    Salva Kirr the worst and biggest mistake in politics in the modern day politics. I sometimes ask myself does Salva Kirr actually think he is politician? No he is not he and his bunch of short sighted advisers are the ones responsible for bringing this nation on it’s knees. South Sudan does need Kirr or Riek Machar and don’t even mention Rebecca Nyan Deng. It needs someone with political acumen

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