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New rebel faction overruns police post near Torit


December 3, 2015 (JUBA) - A new rebel faction in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state has on Thursday claimed to have overrun a police post in Idolu, some 35 kilometers east of Torit town, capital of the state.

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The map of Eastern Equatoria state in red

The new rebellion has raised fears of further escalations of violence in the area despite a peace agreement signed between president Salva Kiir and armed opposition faction, SPLM-IO, led by former vice president, Riek Machar, ending a 21-month long violent conflict in the country.

Residents told Sudan Tribune on Thursday that armed men in military trucks and wearing uniforms similar to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), which is the official army of South Sudan, appeared in the village of Idolu and without facing resistance declared control of the police post located outside the state capital, Torit.

Multiple local government officials from the area and security sources also confirmed that a group of armed men entered Idolu police post at around 3:30 pm on Thursday and declared control of the security of the area.

The identity of the group remains unclear and neither the state government in Torit nor the central government in Juba had come out to say whom they have suspected to have carried out the attack in the area.

A group calling itself South Sudan armed forces claimed the responsibility of the attack in which three policemen are reported to have been captured and taken hostage by the group.

“Our forces took control of Idolu this afternoon and the policemen and the local youth have declared themselves to be under our control. Our forces are now advancing on Torit town. We asked civilians to leave. We don’t want them to be caught in the cross fire,” Colonel Mario Bertino, who identified himself as the spokesperson of the new South Sudanese rebel group told Sudan Tribune in an interview on Thursday.

Bertino said the group was under the overall command of Major General Anthony Ongwaja, a native of the area who allegedly served in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) before recently defecting with about 50 soldiers on 25 November from a military outpost guarding Torit town.

His assignment and actual rank in the SPLA before defecting remains the subject of speculation, with some saying he was one of the lower ranking officers who felt agitated by being passed over during previous promotions.

Others say he could be one of the South Sudanese who grew up in exile in one of the neigbouring countries and had become one of hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese who had faced difficulties in getting jobs and better living conditions in their own country after secession from neigbouring Sudan.

Demands of the new rebel faction have also remained unknown as there is no declared objective for launching the rebellion.


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  • 4 December 2015 06:20, by Son of Ngundeng

    Good morning yaa balaad jinub.

    So many rebellion in the country due to the poor leadership of Dinka Kingdom.


    Son of prophet
    New location front line.

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  • 4 December 2015 08:08, by Redeemer

    Son of Ngundeng
    Nuer have shown the easiest way of getting ranks and positions by killing people first, May God forgive

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  • 4 December 2015 09:04, by Kalo

    Kur Idolu where 1000s of SAF killed in 1990s when trying to broke through,it is very unfortunate to take the South Sudan back at the period of 1990s,when Nasir and Fashoda split joint by many leaders like William Nyoun,Karbino,Paul Mayo,Galaria of Torit,that will be bad to South Sudanese people,i remember,it was not easy days,leadership is problem now junubien,patient pay.

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    • 4 December 2015 09:59, by Joseph Canada

      Now we are talking. Those poor don’t know how to farm in Bar El Gazal will now have to eat cow shit.two more moves and Juba will stuff to death. After that we poison the grass where you grace the cows. Those stollen cows from other tribes.

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      • 4 December 2015 12:18, by Khent

        Joseph Canada

        All you’re doing is talking. These ’rebels’ will not be able to maintain control over that police station for even 48 hours and certainly won’t be able to make attacks on Torit. Nothing will happen in Juba, your wishful-thinking notwithstanding. Where on earth did you get the idea that the Dinka stole their cattle from other tribes?

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        • 4 December 2015 14:07, by Hardlinner

          what is wrong with sudan tribune. you can’t just labelled thugs as rebels.they have no objectives other than to robe rural poor. if Riek can hold on to major towns, how the hell will these thugs ever have capacity to cross Torit bridge let alone town itself. any way if you fools haven’t learned from what nuer civilians have underwent through riek rebellion, then u would know soon than later.

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  • 4 December 2015 14:04, by Augustino

    I know very well that Nuer people can stage a war with its meaning. Any other tribe besides Nuer people Will never withstand Dinka. So I don’t worry of Nyamnyam revels. Know we have started reception of Right rebels to Juba and bush will soon be clear off from rubbish and New Unity government with the production of Ideas will be reschedule and form. They still need more discipline soon they will.

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  • 4 December 2015 16:53, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Well, the government must stop rewarding criminals once and for all. Any officers who turn their guns to the country must brought to justice. First, the must be discharged from the military. Second, send to federal prison for up to 20 years for their actions. Third, revokes their citizenship rights.

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