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Senior officials of Yei River state killed or wounded


August 15, 2016 (JUBA) – A number of officials of the newly created Yei River state have been killed with some in critical conditions after sustaining serious gunshot wounded after falling into ambush laid by suspected SPLA-IO troops on Yei-Morobo on Saturday and Sunday.

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Governor David Lokonga Moses speaks to the press in Yei May 31, 2016 (ST)

Sources in Yei told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that among the confirmed dead include private secretary of the education minister who died on the spot and the office manager of the Yei town mayor who later died in Yei hospital.

“Many of our state government officials have been wounded when they were attacked on the road between Yei and Morobo by rebels. They are now being treated in the hospital for serious gunshot wounds,” an eye witness in Yei town told Sudan Tribune.

The source added that a number of senior government officials have been seriously wounded and are in critical conditions in Yei Civil Hospital. These seriously wounded state officials include Morobo county commissioner, Jacob Toti, Education minister, Mary Apayi Ayiga and state advisor on political affairs, Jackson Abugo.

The state governor, David Lokonga, was also reported to be missing and was on the run towards Uganda border.

Morobo, south of Yei town, has been captured since last week by the opposition forces loyal to former First Vice President, Riek Machar, who also reportedly control Juba-Yei road, cutting off Yei town from the national capital.

Also gunshots were reported inside Yei town, but it was not clear what sparked the situation amidst fears among the residents for imminent violent clashes in case the opposition forces attack the town.

Meanwhile, opposition forces loyal to Machar said they killed 25 soldiers and destroyed two military trucks between Torit and Kapoeta in Eastern Equatoria on Sunday after clashes with forces loyal to President Salva Kiir.

The government forces were said to be composed of national security personnel.


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  • 16 August 2016 07:01, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

    All ur false war-triggering reports & propaganda aims at prolonging sufferings & senseless fighting will not only finish ur poor innocent militias but will also lead u to grave failures.

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    • 16 August 2016 08:02, by Eastern


      This is no propaganda; the ambush did occur along Yei-Morobo rand and people were killed. Pressure is now mounting on Kiir and his handlers, you inclusive! Kiir is seeing some sense in what the international community has been telling him all along. If you are still stuck to your hardliner attitude, you will be caught alone and naked!

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      • 16 August 2016 15:17, by Hardlinner

        this is what have been telling people i south sudan. Riek rebels are bunches of criminals that ambush and kill civilians. for past 21 years of war btn north and south sudan, SPLA under Garang have never ambushed and kill civilians. only foolish Riek rebels of Nuer origin act like that. people of Yei should work with government in hunting those thugs. if you know their where about, pls inform SPLA.

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  • 16 August 2016 08:50, by Kerem


    Yours is just white lie and falsified statement that has no proper basis. Because you have heard that the International Community is coming to back you up, you are just jubilating for what has not yet materialized. The war has moved away now from Nuer land and Equatorians who just woke up from the sleep are fighting their fate. GOOD LUCK! yah Eastern

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    • 16 August 2016 13:41, by Eastern


      You can’t threaten me with war. The war waged by SPLA against NIF was fought largely in Equatoria not in Upper Nile or Nahr el Ghazal. The current war waged by SPLA-IO and the "internet worriors" will usher in the Second Republic, the true South Sudan where the dinkas will come to realise that there also other stakeholders in the country other than them!

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      • 16 August 2016 15:23, by Hardlinner

        Eastern pls, stop lecturing as we know quite well who your leader is. he big time traitor. where was he when majority dinka were fighting NIF?. Riek has no right whatsoever to talk about welfare of south sudan. we simply know him as traitor. he is still following his treasury. he will never be president of south sudan. we ready to kill all his backers.

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  • 16 August 2016 15:30, by Hardlinner

    only dead minds will believe your lies. the fact that you run away from Juba even when ceasefire was signed justified your weakness. Riek rebels only ambush poorer civilians in equatoria. those equatorians that are not still aware of savage riek rebels should now learn. riek rebels hv resorted to thuggery. they r on hit n run tactics.

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