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Gunmen abduct local official in S. Sudan’s Yei state


UNMISS convoy arrives to Yei to assess the situation in the town following recent reports of conflict in the area on November 7, 2016 (UNMISS Photo).
December 6, 2016 (JUBA) – Armed men abducted a local South Sudan leader in the troubled Yei River state over the weekend, officials said on Tuesday.

Julius Tabule, the Commissioner of newly created Kangapo County in Kajo-Keji, Yei River State was taken at gunpoint while attending a funeral services in Bori, a village close to South Sudan – Uganda border on Sunday.

Yei River Governor David Lokonga Moses told a local radio station in Juba on Tuesday that Commissioner Tabule was kidnapped by “unknown gunmen.”

“In fact, he went for prayers of funeral, then he ended up in the hands of these unknown gunmen who abducted him and we don’t know [his whereabouts now]. I am still not getting details, but I am trying to establish contacts,” Lokongo told Juba’s based Eye Radio.

A resident of Kajo-Keji told Sudan Tribune that two armed men stormed the funeral services on Sunday and led away the commissioner.

“The gunmen cocked their guns and asked the mourners ‘who is the commissioner here?’. The commissioner identified himself and they led him into his own car and ordered the driver to drive all of them away,” said the source who preferred to keep anonymity.

Many civilians fled the area to Uganda following the kidnapping of the local administrator.

Government sources have blamed the armed SPLM In Opposition for the abduction though this has not been independently confirmed.

Last Sunday SPLM-Io rebels who are active in the area said they captured Lasu\Lonbongo in Yei River State.


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  • 6 December 2016 22:06, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Maarasin ta jenge should be initiated to belong to the people.

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    • 7 December 2016 06:13, by Ker.


      your hatred against muongjang will you alive walai.

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    • 7 December 2016 06:26, by Akuma


      I always said and I will say it again that your group are not different from Boko Haram of Nigeria, ISIL/ISIS of Arab countries, Al-shabaab of Somalia. How come you abduct innocent civilians who are mourning their love one. Is that not crime beyond recognition? World need to put South Sudan rebel under their terrorists lists otherwise their activities are so disastrous

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  • 7 December 2016 01:49, by Augustino

    Not abducted but planned to surrender, how come a commission with full armed platoon of soldiers wen out to border state without guards at all. This is a well planned action but planners will feel it on their skins.

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  • 7 December 2016 06:50, by Work force

    Spla in opposition only abduct however they don’t kill like unprofessional soldiers of the rogue Government in Juba who killed more than 10 mourners recently in eastern Equatoria

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    • 7 December 2016 10:24, by Sir King

      Work force,
      You are stupid. Who don’t kill? Who are those who capture pregnant women and cut the stomach and remove the baby and slaughter it? Is that not killing. You will soon migrate back to Uganda and Congo. Believe me my friend!

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  • 7 December 2016 10:21, by NAATH 1

    how can you make your own people to suffer?, how can you kidnapped your own brother if you have genuine reason? shame on vision less people in south Sudan. go to bar-el-gazal to kidnap.

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    • 7 December 2016 13:49, by Sir King


      Thank you! You are coming to understand now that EQUATORIANS don’t think like human beings. How can they kidnap their own man and yet they claim they want to liberate people. Who are they liberating. Kiir Mayardit must be right sometimes to remain in this seat even though he is weak because people don’t want to do good thing to remove Kiir but just killing innocent people because of Kiir.

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  • 7 December 2016 14:46, by Geu Kuol Aguto

    This rebels group in Equatoria they are terrorists of this year 2017. I hope the government of the Republic of South Sudan is ready to dealing with them properly.

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