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South Sudan army deploys force after security officers killed along Juba-Nimule road

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September 1, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese government has deployed a huge force along Juba-Nimule road after security officers were killed on the road by unknown gunmen believed to be allied to the former First Vice President, Riek Machar.

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A SPLA soldier stands in front of a vehicle in Juba on December 20, 2013. (Photo Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the official army of South Sudan, has been ordered to deploy troops in response to the new situation on the road connecting to Uganda that serves as the lifeline for the government.

Police spokesperson, Brigadier General Daniel Justin Boulo said at least two officers have been confirmed dead with other sustaining injuries when they were attacked on the road by the gunmen.

“The army will help track down the bandits so that law and order is restored immediately,” said Boulo.

Residents of Nesito, an area along Juba-Nimule road told Sudan Tribune on Thursday that they have seen a convoy carrying large police team, which included the regular police, members of criminal investigation department and paramilitary officers. Later a line of government forces followed.

Security officers who survived the attack claimed the attackers were not ordinary criminals because they used sophisticated weapons such as anti-personnel bombs and rocket-propelled grenades in the attack.

South Sudan’s National Security Council, which was chaired by President Salva Kiir with membership of his two deputies, security ministers including interior, national security and defence convened an urgent and closed meeting on Thursday during which the leadership decided to order the army’s deployment and condemned "the heinous act of killing of members of the national services who were on patrol.”

"Everything will be done to ensure the culprits are apprehended and dealt with in accordance with the law," police spokesman told reporters on Thursday.

The council also said it wanted "peace, reconciliation and disarmament exercises" to be carried out in the affected areas.

Hundreds of people have been fleeing the remote area fearing revenge attacks. The Two national security officers were killed in an ambush in Jebelain area, a remote valley where people from ethnic Madi community live in separate villages.

A legislator from the area at the national legislative assembly in the capital, Juba, who did not want to be named, told Sudan Tribune on Thursday when contacted about the incident that residents in the area feared they may feel the wrath of the security forces, as those behind the killings had disappeared.

“The information we are getting now is worrying. The area could be devastated. The security forces are annoyed and they will turn this anger on innocent civilians. Because of this the civilians have now started fleeing their homes. Some have started coming to Juba and others have started going towards the Uganda-South Sudan borders,” the legislator told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

A Local administrative officer in Pageri area claimed he counted houses where up to 1,500 people are believed to have fled into the bushes after gunmen opened fire on a commercial vehicle at Loa area near Pageri town on Tuesday.

Police spokesman denied the force will target civilians but warned that in future the police will defend themselves from gunmen. He also called on the civil population to cooperate with the security forces and provide them with necessary information.

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  • 1 September 2016 21:34, by Eastern

    Kiir’s intresigence caused the war to creep near home (Equatoria where J1 is located). If Kiir didn’t show his dishonesty to the whole world by "signing" an agreement he wasn’t ready to leave with.

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  • 1 September 2016 21:38, by Eastern

    Jebelien, where the NSS operatives where killed is in Central Equatoria and is predominantly inhabited by the Lolubo people, a largely sedentary farming community. War can be waged by any agrieved South Sudanese using any part of South Sudan they deem tactical. Another destructive war is looming...

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    • 2 September 2016 00:26, by Force 1

      Eastern;

      Where is your condemnation now about the killing of South Sudan security officers? Tomorrow you’ll be running your mouth that; South Sudanese armies are killing innocent civilians! Are those innocent civilians that are killing South Sudanese security officers on Juba-Nimule road? If you never acknowledged something wrong; then there is nothing right that will be expected form you!

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      • 2 September 2016 20:21, by Eastern

        Force 1,
        Who are the "security" forces you want me to shade tears over? The country is at war. As I said, any agrieved South Sudanese is at liberty to fight for their freedom from the tribal and kleptocratic regime at he centre. If you are attach to the centre, be ready to play the collateral damage or just defend yourself!

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  • 2 September 2016 05:45, by magic

    Please report that a civil war has broken in Ethiopia. More than 1500 Amharas and 600 Oromos are killed by the TPLF in the past two months alone. Currently there are fightings at various locations throughout Amhara region. Sudanese troops ae seen at various places supporting gov troops. Please check your self for credibility of the information.

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  • 2 September 2016 08:57, by Dengda

    The fact is here, unknown gunmen may killed in Jebel Kujur, but doesn’t mean he is the resident of Jebel but could be from Juba 2, the attacked may have occurred in that area, but doesn’t mean the attackers are from the residents or civilian of the areas. If they army are that smart and are not lazy to search the jungle, the best thing is to scan the jungle.

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    • 2 September 2016 09:23, by Eastern

      "Scanning the jungle" is what they fill jittery of doing; it’s filled with folks with stings in their tails.

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    • 2 September 2016 15:22, by Hardlinner

      The locals should cooperate with security personel to find out where about those unknown gunmen hid themsekves at. Madi should stay out Riek mese. Smail konyi is responsible for those attacks.

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      • 2 September 2016 20:54, by jubaone

        Hardliner,

        This is jienge revenge killings that have been imported into Equatoria. It is a henious pretext by these scoundrels to unleash terror on unarmed civilians. That is bullshit. Equatorians are civilized and just want to go with the business of developing themselves, unlike these "things" that have cropped everywere (MTNs)

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