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South Sudan army denies clashes with rebels in E. Equatoria

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January 4, 2017 (JUBA)-The command of South Sudanese army (SPLA) has denied clashing with rebels in Eastern Equatoria region, describing claims to have captured military posts in Torit as "making of the New Year".

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

“The New Year celebrations in the country and particularly in Eastern Equatoria went well. The security situation is under control. There was no problem, no clashes; everything is quite and calm”, a military officer in Torit town told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday when reached to comment on reports that a military outpost was overran and briefly controlled by armed dissident youth in the area.

The acting spokesperson of the government forces, Dominic Santo said in a separate statement he was not aware of fighting in Torit and its environs, asserting that neither the state governor nor command of the government forces in the area had reached out to the general command with reports of clashes.

He however confirmed a road ambush by gunmen he described as "bandits" on Monday and raid on a village on Tuesday. Several civilians also confirmed road ambush incident and denied fighting in Torit town.

While the spokesperson of the government forces denied any knowledge of the clashes, the spokesperson of the rebel SPLA-IO led by Riek Machar claimed to have overran a military outpost where they killed 20 military and captured several other weapons in a place called Lolore and Cholore along Magwi road.

“It was in the afternoon when the SPLA-IG launched an attack on the SPLA-IO at the contention base along Torit, Maguiy (Magwi) road at the area called Lolore. The attackers were repulsed and pursued back to Cholore, the out cut (outskirts) of Torit town, 30 minutes’ walk after a fierce battle shown to them by the freedom fighters commanded by Gen. Fatrick Ohiti”, the statement reads in part.

The statement bearing the name of Col. William Gatjiath Deng, spokesperson of Riek Machar forces, claimed 20 dead bodies were found exposed on the sunshine and 36 Ak -47, 4 PKM machine guns and 2 RPG-7 are captured in good condition. Other weapons claimed to have been captured after the clash was pickup truck mounted with 12.7. The vehicle has allegedly been destroyed.

It claimed wide spread vanishing of the civilians in the whole of Equatoria region since last year. Systematic killings of the innocent people, rape of teenage girls and women and the burn down villages everywhere, forcing the affected civilians to leave their homes and to take refuge in the forests.

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  • 5 January 03:06, by Fair Man

    Denial! Denial! Can anything good come from Government press officials on security? No. They are bound to lie and this is their main task. Rationale of telling lies is to blackmail the citizens and not lose hope. The actual information is that attacks were launched on IO and IO forces pushed government troops up Torit Bridge. From 5:00PM-7:00PM, there was heavy fighting in Choloro, SPLA suffers.

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    • 5 January 05:43, by Bialang Jaang

      Fair Man,the what so called government that supposed to tell the truth is the one spreading lies since the initial incident of the RSS crisis. The entire world is aware of it. Don’t fair Man they admit sooner or later.

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    • 5 January 05:52, by choldit

      This is a Govt that choose to talk shits to its civilians and the whole world at any cost. But there is no problem because president Mayardit, JCE and Taban Deng gai have pocketed the world. No body cares about their false statements because the truth is out there abundantly clear to who needs to know. The misled the Tanzanian pilot that Panyijiar is in their control but they are not ashamed of it

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      • 5 January 06:44, by Maguto

        trust need to be prevails, yes fighting happened and denials again.. to accepts cannot affect government

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        • 5 January 11:44, by Jongo

          You guys are realy fool who & who is telling truth both are lairs you know we are tiered listening to your ball shit surely soon or later we’ll not trust who ever from greater upper Nile empty mouths by nature are trouble makers now are exporting their dirts to the peaceful & beautiful Equatoria CHANGE!!!!! or go to hell all of you

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    • 5 January 14:33, by Midit Mitot

      Fair Man,
      Kiir/Malong Government elements will not accept any things happening bad on their side in this country, I never see any government denying even the death of it,s own citizens.

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  • 5 January 07:39, by Eastern

    When civilians in Torit and its environs remain panicky, "their government" continue to sugarcoat the situation. This is what happened in Yei before the truth reared its ugly head. My people in Torit, decipher the information you get wisely.......

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    • 5 January 13:59, by South South

      No singe war happened in E. Equatoria State in 2017, another big lie from internet warriors.

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  • 5 January 13:35, by Son of Nuer

    Denial today, but tomorrow you will accepte

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  • 5 January 13:36, by Son of Nuer

    Denial today, but tomorrow you will accept

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