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Rival South Sudanese forces clash on Juba-Torit road


September 2, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese rival forces clashed on Juba-Torit road on Friday when government forces fell into ambush as they were attempting to search for opposition forces around Torit, capital of Eastern Equatoria state, according to opposition officials.

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

“We have received reports of fighting in Eastern and Central Equatoria states. Clashes occurred today, Friday, between Torit and Liria. Salva Kiir’s forces came to attack our troops in the state. I learnt that they fell into ambush. A number of their vehicles were destroyed, and they also suffered human losses. Their remnants were repulsed,” James Gatdet Dak, official spokesperson for the opposition leader, Riek Machar, told to Sudan Tribune on Friday.

He also said there was fighting since Thursday in Katigiri, northwest of Juba and in Wonduruba area, south of Juba in Central Equatoria state.

Government forces have been struggling to reopen the Juba-Yei road which opposition forces have blocked since July when fighting erupted in Juba.

Dak accused the forces loyal to President Kiir of allegedly escalating fighting in Greater Equatoria region.

The Juba-Torit road, he added, was being closed by the opposition forces following the Friday fighting.

The SPLA spokesperson was not reachable for comment.

The clashes came after another Thursday incident on Juba-Nimule road during which a number of security officers of the government were killed when they fell into ambush.

Government forces have been deployed to the area with more clashes expected should the rival forces meet.


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  • 3 September 2016 04:31, by Redeemer

    When you air out the death proudly don’t think that you are killing Kiir sons and block goods coming to Kiir family,NO !!! NO !!! and NO !!! you are causing suffering to innocent people who are not and who have never shared any cake from Kiir. You kill and loot civilians and you call it a fighting

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    • 3 September 2016 05:31, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Me Reedemer,

      Now you are talking sense. I think you have realised that cowards are now in your game. The so-called liberators need to be liberated to become humans again. I like the fact that our gallant sons are stretching the tribal army to their core in war theatre in our area Equatoria the mother of South Sudan nationalism.This war must be multi-front pronged as JCE lack money to prosecute it

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      • 3 September 2016 06:03, by Redeemer

        I don’t like people who beat drum of war and they don’t join to make proper strategy, well planned and reasonable war. you only use few outfits to disturb of roads and you proudly call it a war, Dinka problem will pain you to the ass and there is nothing under the sun you can achieve without Dinka

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      • 3 September 2016 07:43, by Hardlinner

        jur, so you think your tribal rebels will liberate south sudan through ambushing civilians vehicles along the roads. in fact you have been reduced to LRA style rebellion. but do know what become of LRA, your bandits will be eliminated one by one.

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    • 3 September 2016 07:03, by Eastern


      Go hang! Kiir clearly stated that the option to peace is war; what do you expect? Garang’s SPLA fought successive regimes in the jungles and hills of Equatoria. Any agrieved South Sudanese can fight Kiir’s regime the way they choose!!!

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      • 3 September 2016 07:51, by Hardlinner

        eastern,remember we were not born after CPA, Garang rebellion didn’t rely on ambushing NIF soldiers alone, but have liberated most of the towns in south sudan. Torit, Kapoeta, Bor, Yirol, Yambio, yei, tonj, kaya, Pageri, Numile and many more towns were under them. so there is no comparison at all. Riek rebels only controlled Akobo. so you are bandits not rebels.

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        • 3 September 2016 08:14, by Eastern

          Garang’s SPLA fought successive NIF regimes for decades; the agrieved South Sudanese have already cut off Juba by road from Yei, Yambio and othe major locations in months, not even years. Don’t break your neck over Dr Machars SPLA faction only. The jungles of South Sudan are already teeming with agrieved South Sudanese baying for Kiir’s blood!!

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          • 4 September 2016 06:19, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


            Look do this cows know the art of fighting? Do they know about ambush and annihilate? I am sure they are feeling the pain. Let them talk and feel it the way others felt their killing for no reasons other than stealing property and corruption.

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    • 3 September 2016 07:35, by Hardlinner

      whatever that come from Gatdet Dak, should be regarded as 99.99% lies. the guy lack credibility. i bet one day when volcanic eruption occurs any where in south sudan, Gatdet dak will claim that it is IO that ambush the SPLA forces.

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    • 3 September 2016 07:37, by Hardlinner

      IO rebels have now become bandits. their sources of income come from ambushing civilians trucks and looting them.

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  • 3 September 2016 04:39, by Redeemer

    What happened when the real fighting took place at J1 and around your camp at Jebel, the save heaven was DRC + Sudan + + and + with swollen legs and abandoning the media in shame for the first time for Riek to show shame on his side

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  • 3 September 2016 05:03, by Redeemer

    Another shameful situation for Nuer and the likes is coming, we are going to strike a peaceful change and you will only come and join us shamelessly like what happened during the Sudan civil war, we stood our ground to the end. The only and only Nuer who remained was H. Mai the former chief of Staffs who did not fire any bullet until CPA, only to call you to come and help us in voting.

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    • 3 September 2016 05:12, by Akook

      Nuer and other tribes who are not happy with this corrupt bloodletting Dinka led government are the majority in the country!

      Me Redeemer,
      How can we in South Sudan be in peace if we Dinkas think we will control everyone by force?

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  • 3 September 2016 05:46, by Redeemer

    Prove me wrong idiot that you did not come back only to vote. We will not forget what you ( Nuer ) did to our people in Maban in 1992 our silent should not be at stake, we only came back home when Nuer surrendered to the people’s movement( SPLM/A ). We did not dominate any government as Nuer always use it as a justification for killing nor did we corrupt resources.

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    • 3 September 2016 06:15, by Redeemer

      Jur_ likang
      remember my words, it is not that you are weak but Dinka are part of the country and unless they are involved in the change. What you want is a Dinka free country, it will remain a dream. Stop prolong the suffering of people, a leader who pushes his people to war without knowing his strength is of no leader ( Riek’s vision )

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      • 4 September 2016 06:28, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


        The people of South Sudan are not fighting this war to get rid of Dinka. You got it wrong. The fight is for politico-economic change that is devoid of sectarianism that encompasses nepotism, tribalism, corruption. A fight to transform the country so that our diversity becomes our strength. A fight for justice, freedom and complete independence. In short a fight against DINKAISM.

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  • 3 September 2016 09:50, by chuol

    Bravo mighty SPLA-IO! Kill them when you find them. They are rapists, looters and murderers of our identity as South Sudanese communities.

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