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June 3, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese police on Tuesday dismissed as baseless reports that over 20 people were allegedly killed at Mia Saba (107), a residential area west of the capital, Juba.

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South Sudan Police on patrol (UN)

“There is no such information. There were no people killed in Mia Saba as it is being circulated. The security situation in Juba, including Mia Saba and the surrounding areas, has recorded significant improvement. The crime rate has reduced considerably”, police spokesperson, James Monday Enoka, told Sudan Tribune.

The official was reacting to reports more than 20 people, mostly returnees from the United Nations protection camps where they were sheltered for months, had gone missing from their homes.

Authorities from Juba teaching hospital initially said they received at least 20 dead bodies minus their heads, but later retracted their statement, insisting the bodies were not from Mia Saba area.

Although Sudan Tribune was unable to independently verify these reports due to safety and security concerns, several sources and residents insisted some of their relatives were missing since Sunday.

“I have no reason to wish my relative death. What I am saying is the truth. My sister’s husband, Peter Tut and James Nirew with more than four others in our family have been missing since Saturday. We thought they had returned to the United Nations camp in Thongpiny, but we did not find them there when we went to look for them”, James Gatkuoth Both, a resident of Mia Saba said on Tuesday.

He added, “We also went to the house of Uncle Daniel Koang in Atlabara B, to see whether they had gone there to visit him, but we were told they did not come”.

The police spokesperson, however, dismissed these reports, saying the security situation in the whole of Juba had improved and called upon internally displaced persons in the UN camps to return home.

“There is no need for our people to continue to remain in the camp when the general security situation in Juba had improved considerably,” said Col. Enoka.

“There is already a regular joint patrol with United Nations mission in South Sudan [UNMISS]”, he added.

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  • 4 June 2014 06:04, by Tong dut

    To these who kill those Nuer, most eat those dead bodies raw,
    It is dogs, dinkas who are doing that thing at night.
    To president Kirr, think very well before you relatives can take action brother.Smoke is now coming every were, and soon you will be dead or run away from sudan.

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    • 4 June 2014 08:07, by Bentiu son

      How terrorist this Dinka clique dominance is, such brutal killings of chopping victims heads and hands is unacceptable, ridicules,madness and big crime against human rights and humanity. Where is John Kerry and Ban Ki- Moon who recently made hoax about JEM fighters killings in Bentiu? Why they are not denounce or strongly condemn such barbaric killings of civilians in Juba? Waw! interest right?

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      • 4 June 2014 08:17, by Bentiu son

        Sorry,I mean hoarse in 3 line above. What is the different between Gaeda,LRA, Boka Haram, Amass terrorist organizations with Juba genocidal regime? Non right? They all doing heinous crimes against humanity which need collective efforts to deal away with them domestically,regionally and internationally if Obama Admin is serious in the globe but I doubt indeed due to her reluctance,lack of actions

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    • 4 June 2014 13:26, by Bungachier 50

      The relatives of these people should not be worried. Your sons have defected to their brothers in the Bush. So, be calm for they are a live.

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