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S. Sudan army says it’s in “full” control of Bentiu town


October 31, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) has dismissed as false and misleading claims by rebels that they are in full control of Bentiu, a town north of the capital, Juba.

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SPLA spokesperson Phillip Aguer (Reuters)

“The SPLA forces are in full control of Bentiu. They have never left the town. Put them on your plane and let them go with you to show you where they are in Bentiu,” Col. Phillip Aguer, the SPLA spokesperson told the United Nations-sponsored Miraya radio on Thursday.

He said government forces repulsed rebel fighters after more than five hours of fighting and are mopping the town.

"Rubkona is part of Bentiu and our forces are the ones controlling it. There are flights going and coming from Rubkona airport. They land and take off, which is an indication that the area remains under the full control of the SPLA forces,” Aguer explained.

“They would not be moving if it were under their [rebel] control”, he added.

Unity state information minister, Peter Makuoth Malual, also denied the rebels’ claims, saying they penetrated the town, but were repulsed by pro-government army.

“The rebels came from the Sudan with huge force and heavy weapons and started fighting with our forces at Unity [state] oil field and then moved to kilo 30 and again Rubkona where fighting took place for more than five hours, but they were finally defeated,” Malual told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

“They never took control of Bentiu town”, stressed Malual.

He further said more than 26 dead bodies were found, 13 of them in the Koch county commissioner’s house and 10 others in a church.

“The situation is now under our full control. Searching is continuing and we expect these numbers to rise because some people were killed in their houses”, said Malual.

The rebel military spokesperson, Brig. Gen Lul Koang claimed their forces were in control of Bentiu, an allegation Juba says is mere propaganda to mislead the public as well as demoralise the army.

Both the US and United Nations strongly condemned the latest rebel attacks in the oil-rich region, describing it as a violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed by the two rival factions.


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  • 1 November 2014 07:42, by Kur William

    No doubt has been casting so far that the claims made by rebels side that they are in full control of Bentiu as misled of public so it’s absolutely been credit to peacemakers who remaind firm on track of peace since the false claimed.Dr Riak need to stop his teams from lying to ordinary people if he wish to be executive prime minister.

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    • 1 November 2014 08:32, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      My being broken silent on military operations on Bentiu, is due i don’t want to answer the rushes which James Koang is talking for.
      In full pretext, the SPLA as national army is in full control of town, they flushed out rebels of RIEK MACHAR and JAMES KOANG like water and insects on the leaf, thanks you SPLA.

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    • 1 November 2014 08:54, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar ,Ran to Join our enemy khartoum in 1991 in order to get guns and came to s.sudan to kill our people, now again he went to khartoum to give him guns in order for him to kill s.sudanese again. Now most of the rebels who attacked Bentui now come from sudan with all guns given by sudan.Dr Riek Machar is our Arab enemy number 2,we must treat him the same like khartoum.

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    • 2 November 2014 08:33, by Mayom County Boy

      under controll of SPLA Division ,I duodt ,those who are making
      allegation are not true ,from whatever they demand they did,

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  • 1 November 2014 08:05, by Snipper

    "Give the Ceasar what belong to Ceasar"! War belong to Riek Machar and we have decided to give him. Nuer, as a community, will have to review their success matrices otherwise it is likely they will suffer from current and future consequences cause by this war!

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  • 1 November 2014 08:28, by Dengic

    They penetrated the town just to loot not to get hold of it.SPLA is capable of defeating the Nuer in opposition and defense the constitution of RSS. Whatever support their husband Bsshir give them will end up being captured by SPLA from hunger ridden Riek Machar supporters.

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    • 1 November 2014 11:25, by Frak Cho

      Excuse me guys! please is there any one to tell me the where about of those of mi dit, wang and the like? why are they quite? When SPLA main-stream fought the just war, there was no misleading news on capture like what the so called spla-io is currently doing.mi dit; What a shame!!

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  • 1 November 2014 08:49, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Ref. Military intelligent M:I, is looking James Lul Ruai Koang to cut off his head and bring it to Juba.
    The head of Koang will be taken to all ten states of South Sudan for showing the layer man to the citizen of the nation and i hope MI will do so.

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    • 1 November 2014 13:08, by Toney Toney Matot

      Midiit(James Gatdet Dak),Wang and Kim Deng,
      great shame on you and your rebels. you are only good to lie to the people.the government of south Sudan is kept-able to defend the rightful people from greedy and power hungry of your likes. keep lying till you come to your senses.

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  • 1 November 2014 15:12, by mzalendo mwema

    To :Oyet,Wang and Mi diit,

    When you are being fed by fool, you become more than a fool.
    Keep receiving money your money from Dr Useless MACHAR but this is not 1990s.No forgiveness this time! You are together now because of the money your troops of hyenas looted in Bor, Malakal and Bentiu.Dr Lazy aka Useless is pulling his fatty belly in Adisababa while kids are being forced to fight his war.

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  • 1 November 2014 15:17, by chuol

    Bible said that say the truth and it will set you free.so Agueer is now telling lies to the public that the gov,t has controlled BENTIU while instead of that freedom fighters re inside the town

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