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South Sudan raids rebels camp on Juba – Nimule highway

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November 21, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan army(SPLA) has attacked a suspected military training camp for alleged opposition forces under the leadership of the first vice-president designate, Riek Machar, who are blamed for attacking a passenger bus on Juba—Nimule highway on Friday, the country’s information minister disclosed.

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South Sudanese SPLA soldiers are pictured in Pageri in Eastern Equatoria state on August 20, 2015 (Photo AFP/Samir Bol)

Speaking after a weekly council of ministers meeting on Friday chaired by president Salva Kiir, information and broadcasting minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, said the rebels camp was found east of Juba—Nimule road by a military unit dispatched there on Thursday to pursue the raiders on a Ugandan owned bus.

“The SPLA [South Sudan army] attacked the camps of the rebels and dispersed them this morning [Friday],” said Makuei.

“The rebels were found in their camp in Mwagi county but other details will be communicated to you (reporters) when we get more information,” he said, quoting a security briefing during the meeting.

The Friendship Bus was heading to Kampala from Juba when it came under fire at about 7 o’clock in the morning on Thursday. Three passengers were killed and seven others injured, according South Sudan police. Four other lorry drivers were also killed at the scene.

The raiders, according to survivors, were in South Sudan army uniform and spoke local Arabic which is widely used in the military.

Makuei said the attackers were loyalists of Major General Martin Kenyi, a rebel commander allied to former vice president and first vice president designate, Riek Machar.

There are unconfirmed reports that several people suspected to be rebel soldiers were killed in the raid in Opari, a town east of Juba - Nimule road.
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SPLA-IO DISMISSES ACCUSATIONS

However, the official spokesman of the opposition leader, Riek Machar, said their forces were not involved in the attack on the vehicles on Juba-Nimule road.

“SPLA (IO) forces have not involved in the alleged attack on commuting public commercial vehicles,” said James Gatdet Dak, spokesman for the opposition leader.

He said reports reaching his office instead indicated that government forces turned against civilians in the area, attacking them and burning their houses while looting movable properties they could carry.

He added that their opposition forces have been under instructions to observe the ceasefire and fully implement the agreed security arrangements with the government.

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  • 22 November 2015 05:43, by Son of Ngundeng

    Good morning yaa balaad jinub.

    We are organized army who know the human right laws, what we believe lack of full payment of salary to the SPLA Juba turned them to be robbery on the roads, criminals are stealing in our name of I.O which is not acceptable let them stealing by their Sultan Salva name because he is the one who didn’t paid them.

    Son of Prophet
    New location front line.

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    • 22 November 2015 07:54, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Son of Ngundeng, when you guys know the human right laws? You massacred innocent civilians in Unity State, Upper Nile, hospitals, mosques, educated engineers, women, children, elders, and many atrocities you carried out. You are similar to Isis in Iraq war or Syria. Please don’t come to Juba until I tell you to do so...

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  • 22 November 2015 16:09, by Son of Upper Nile

    Whether they are IO soldiers loyal to Marin Kenyi, unpaid SPLA soldiers or just bandits. Attacking civilians commercial buses & lorries is a war crime. The strong arm of law should deal with these criminals

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