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S. Sudan accuses Sudanese army of killing 35 in air raids

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November 3, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan claimed 35 of its civilian were killed and 17 others injured in an aerial bombing allegedly carried out by the Sudanese army (SAF) in Western Bahr el Ghazal state.

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People displaced in Northern Bahr El Ghazal state by alleged SAF bombings in 2012 (Office of the Aweil North county commissioner/File)

The incident reportedly occurred on Sunday morning in a densely populated area of Raja county, damaging several properties and causing panic among citizens.

“The Sudanese jet fighters came yesterday (Sunday) morning and bombed the area. People are now terrified especially that it caused death,” Raja county commissioner, Hassan Jallab said on Monday.

“Thirty-five people have been killed and 17 others also wounded when an Antonov bomb landed in the heavily populated area,” he added.

The commissioner described the attack, which he largely blamed on the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), as “barbaric and unprovoked”.

He said several civilians have since fled Raja in fear of more bombings, and many reportedly took refuge in to nearby bushes.

Jallab called upon the government in Juba to intervene and assist the displaced people in Western Bahr el Ghazal state.

Phillip Aguer, the spokesperson of the South Sudanese army (SPLA), also confirmed the incident in a separate interview with Sudan Tribune on Monday.

“What we have now is that an Antonov bombed the area today morning,” Aguer said.

“We are still establishing the make of the plane but what we know is that the plane came from the direction of Sudan,” he added.

The zonal commander reportedly said 17 people were wounded during the attack.

“We are yet waiting for more reports on this,” said Aguer, adding that the SPLA would send an investigation team to Raja on Tuesday.

The alleged attack comes as president Salva Kiir prepares to travel to Khartoum for talks with his Sudanese counterpart, Omer Hassan al-Bashir, on Tuesday.

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  • 3 November 2014 18:50, by padiit gaga

    This mess up was caused by our coward president because he used to invited Sudan rebells to help him to fight with S.Sudan Rebels that is why those innocent people were killed, if we try to complaints Sudan will said her rebells are hidden themselves in western Bahrelgazal. Curse to this primity president.

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    • 3 November 2014 20:02, by Bentiu Sudan

      Thank you so much Sudan Government. Majority of South Sudanese appreciate your decisive action of bombing Raja. We need more bomb to be droped in Warrap, North Bar-El- Gazal, and Juba. It would be great if Salva does not make it back to South Sudan after meeting with Bashir on Tuesday.

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      • 3 November 2014 20:12, by Bentiu Sudan

        Dear President Bashir:

        Please do not listen to those liars in Juba. There were not 35 civilians killed in Raja. All the deceased are militants there were no civilians causality at all. However, there is tribal war going on right now in Warrap between different clans of Dinka trib. The 35 civilians the Juba claims killed in Raja may be those killed in intra-clan conflicts.

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    • 4 November 2014 03:36, by Mayom County Boy

      Sudanese
      warplanes Jets were been use by Rebel leader Riek Machar againt people
      of Wau,Raja,35 civilians died,while Riek want to be south sudan
      leader,justice must previal .

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      • 4 November 2014 04:11, by Bentiu Sudan

        Mayom County Boy,

        President Bashir and President Yoweri Musveni are fucking Kiir in the ass. Then Kiir is now fucking Nguen Manytuel and his brother Bapiny Manytuel in their ass. The whole Dinka communities are fucking Mayom County residents in their ass. Mayom County residents are Dinka slave food lovers. Dinka killed over 1000 Bul in Juba, but bul are running after money, instead of love ones.

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        • 4 November 2014 05:04, by Mi diit

          Darfur rebels tried to penetrate into South Sudan through the help of primitive Nyankiir Museveni after they were defeated in Unity state. Khartoum bombed these rebels not civilians. And it is a clear message to the visiting Nyankiir to Khartoum that we know your stupidity. Welcome to Khartoum stupid president.

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        • 4 November 2014 11:58, by Mayom County Boy

          TO:Bentiu sudan ,you must be aware for what is was going on , soon Adok communities must end up for nothing , look how many Adok youths are in the rebel army frontline, don,t use people like nothing you lielual Adok people , enough is enough Mr Bentiu sudan , as you know Bul fuck Adok communities since LT General Paulino Matip regime up to now aday !no doudt brother.

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    • 4 November 2014 07:01, by Kur William

      That was the thing behind the visiting of Taban Deng Gai to Hegling it was to make coordination attack with Khartoum so SPLA forces are needs to on high alert for ground incursion.

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  • 3 November 2014 22:03, by Knight In Shining Armor

    All reginal governments know the weakness of South Sudan. SPLA under Kiir is teeth less. No Country can respect S. Sudan under Kiir’s administration. Hey! Where is UPDF? cowards, why coil your your tails between your legs?

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  • 3 November 2014 22:12, by Knight In Shining Armor

    I thought South Sudan is an enclave to Uganda but where is UPDF on this? President Kiir, you decided to kill your own brothers and sisters in cold blood; by God, your have betrayed and sold our country to the enemies. Uganda will never put a fight to protect sovereignty of our country. Indeed, You are primitive Mr. President Kiir.

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    • 3 November 2014 22:16, by Marco A. Wek

      Real enemies of South Sudan are your types and your fake Arab masters have used you and continued to use you sub humans.

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  • 4 November 2014 04:06, by mzalendo mwema

    My condolence to deceased families,
    You have lost your love ones because of Dr Useless Riek.
    He wants to rule South Sudan by all means,even if it takes the lives of children,elders and women.But,there is one thing that mr Useless Dr must remember.South Sudan is an INDEPENDENT NATION and cannot be intimidated by useless groups of rebels without objective.Your final destination is failure,hyenas

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  • 4 November 2014 04:17, by mzalendo mwema

    To:all rebels,

    Put the interest of your people above Riek’s leadership.Your people are traumatised and it is your collective responsibility to bring PEACE so that they return to their homes.Preaching war on the internet will not bring any benefit to your people rather than prolonging their sufferings.I urge all of you to speak the language of PEACE.War for you is unwinnable.

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