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South Sudan downplays shooting at Juba international airport

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June 17, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has downplayed the cause of heavy gunfire at Juba international airport on Monday, which disrupted services and caused panic among residents.

It was not immediately clear what sparked the shooting at such strategic place, with police and security operatives denying journalists and human right activists access to the scene.

"There was a panic in areas around Juba airport. People were asking what was happening but no one was able to give definite answer. We actually don’t know what the cause was, a resident told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

The South Sudanese interior minister Aleu Ayieny Aleu stated that they are probing the shooting but declined to give further details.

“We are investigating the cause of shooting and we will let the public know what happening,” the minister said on Tuesday.

The international organizations security alert network notified its membership on Tuesday advising them to exercise caution, saying Automatic gunfire has been reported from the vicinity of Juba airport around 1545 hrs.

No official statements have so far been made from either the office of the spokesperson of South Sudanese army or government spokesperson, while police officials said the incident may be cause by a misunderstanding.

“Let me first find out from our CID (Criminal Investigation Department) the information they have about this incident because I was not here. But I believe it was not a big issue. It may have just been a misunderstanding,” police spokesman Col. James Monday Enoka Colonel told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

Several accounts from multiple sources claimed that the shots were actually from disgruntled soldiers who had arrived in Juba after deserting their military bases due to months of underpayment from the areas of deployments in the frontlines in Jonglei state where they were fighting rebels.

“It seems there are many of the disgruntled soldiers roaming the towns these days,” a top level presidential security officer, told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

The security official added reports he received from colleagues about the shooting did not indicate the cause.

He also denied reports claiming four soldiers have been killed but acknowledged that many government soldiers were deployed on the airport road to provide protection to the infrastructure and restore law and order.

“There is no problem at the moment. It actually did not take long time. But because the past experience, it was taken a big development,” the officer further said.

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  • 18 June 10:03, by Ajongtar

    The NSS Dinka man Killed one Nuer Guy called Back who works at the Depertment of Safaty at JIA. that was the cours of the incident.

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  • 18 June 10:36, by Tong dut

    That is too bad my brothers, We Dinkas are under punishement from God. Lakes state and Junglei is for all Death, by gun or sickness which can not pass us becouse bad life with people.

    Are still killing Nuer?
    Tomorrow it will turn to us Dinkas. All tribes will fight us and we are going to run on seven roads.without coming back to south sudan,any were Dinka is will be a trouble part of the world.

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    • 18 June 13:55, by Ito

      Tong dut, you are right, it is not only in south sudan, kenya, ethiopia, uganda, rwandans, burundians and most of the countries in the west and africa can tell the physical appearance of Dinka and have the name in their minds. I have talk to most of the people from this countries who have been to south sudan and they told me people called Dinka are very bad people and behavior like animals.

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      • 18 June 14:05, by Rommel

        Ito:

        You are beyond pathetic. You can *hate* us to you’re bitter heart’s content, but we’ll always be here. We’ll always be here to laugh in the face of your hatred and your inability to do anything about it. We’re forty [40%] of South Sudan’s population and live in seven [7] of the ten [10] States. We occupy the largest swathe of land and we provide 90% of the Nation’s oil. Keep dreaming.

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    • 18 June 13:57, by Rommel

      Tong dut:

      You’re a Nuer... Stop *pretending* that you’re some self-hating Dinka. You people are so incredibly simple. It’s laughable.

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  • 18 June 14:10, by wang

    Rommel
    The majority of your people are now realising that the name Dinka is curse on this earth and are currently trying hard to convert to either Nuer or EQ….if you have not known that yet then do some case study….Tong Dut is pure Dinka, nationalism and smarter than you

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    • 18 June 15:14, by Rommel

      wang:

      Ah, so the ’majority’ of the Dinka people are trying to ’convert’ to the Nuer ethnic group or to the various Equatorian tribes? You can’t just ’convert’ to another ethnic group, you idiot. It’s not like ’converting’ to a religion.

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      • 18 June 15:25, by Rommel

        Tong Dut is a Nuer, and he probably believes that Ngundeng was a ’prophet’ — a ’prophet’ that prophesied everything from Garang’s death to our independence and to some apocalyptic annihilation of the Dinka Bor and the Murle. One of your ’prophets’ told your youth that they would be resurrected upon dying on the battlefields.

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    • 18 June 22:19, by Ito

      Brother Wang, I advise you and others not to waste your time with Rommel. He is a joker and ignorant. He is pretends to talk like a nationlist but if you are truly to analyse his writing you will discover he is worst than Salva who sends him to read comments on different topics just to collect public opinions. The whole tribe is crumbling and you will see soon.

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      • 18 June 23:19, by Rommel

        Ito:

        You’re all just a bunch of needlessly belligerent quacks, however, you did get one thing right... I am not a ’nationalist’ — I’m a *patriot*. You wouldn’t know this, but there’s a difference between the two. The two terms are not virtual synonyms. I suspect that I’m wasting my time with you, but I absolutely cannot resist the urge to disabuse people of their delusions...

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        • 18 June 23:30, by Rommel

          .. South Sudan is not a Nation — it is a heterogeneous country, and it’s barely that as it is. It is composed of many different *nationalities*, and so I couldn’t possibly be a ’nationalist’, now could I? To what nationality [in the mosaic of nationalities in South Sudan] would I have to be loyal to... to be considered a ’nationalist’? Words are of relevance. Don’t just throw them around.

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