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South Sudan rebels capture two Indian oil workers


March 10, 2017 (JUBA) - The rebel SPLM-IO has captured two Indian oil workers, at Guelguok north, of Adar in the Northern Upper Niles, announced a statement released by its spokesperson Col. William Gatjiath Deng on Friday.

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South Sudanese soldiers guard an oil refining facility (AFP)

"Two Indians engineers namely Mr. Ambross Edward and Mr. Muggy Vijaya Boopathy working for the Juba regime were captured alive yesterday Thursday, March 09, 2017," said Deng in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday evening.

He added that the foreign oil workers were seized "during the fighting between the gallant SPLA-IO forces" near the new oil site at Guelguk north but he didn’t elaborate on the details.

Last week the rebels warned foreigners and national oil workers to stop risking their lives in oil production areas. The group publically and repeatedly said they want to stop oil production until a peaceful solution is reached.

Adar field, which is located near the Sudanese border in the Melut Basin, is one of the main oil production areas and a source of revenue for the South Sudanese government.

The rebel official claimed their forces under the command of Cdr Major General Khor Chuol Giet and Cdr Brigadier General Gatbel Kuach killed 33 government soldiers.

Also, he accused the Sudanese rebel groups of taking part in the fighting.


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  • 11 March 08:41, by Independent Thinker

    Dear SPLA-IO, you are with Almighty God because you are fighting for the rights of people of South Sudan. Human Rights, Rule of Law, Good Governance, Accountability and Transparency.Very soon Dr. Machar will go to Chain, North Koran, South Koran, and Japan for assistance.

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  • 11 March 10:03, by Kush Natives

    Right now we’re holding a national prayer, that included everybody, although we didn’t knew that the other side would still favoring war. Now, whoever in Guelguk broke the promise of God. God bless you too! But, keep those and Indian engineers workers safe and respectively! God bless South Sudan!

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  • 11 March 14:13, by Kat Cok

    No fighting took place around oil field near Adar, what happen is a kidnapping, when Indians workers are doing their activities on wells the criminals came and kidnapped them to where we don’t know, I am in Adar now, and we search on Gassab area after we missed them last Tuesday afternoon at lunch time.
    Since the time of crisis the rebels did not manage to captured any one not at this time.

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  • 11 March 14:22, by Kat Cok

    So called IO is not telling the truth since there leader is in exile.
    Look! where is the logic here to captured Indian workers and killed government soldiers what are they waiting in war zone? If it is correct why the production is still continue in Gassab wells in Adar where two of Indian workers were missed where they were kidnapped by criminals.

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    • 12 March 04:03, by Bol Malual

      Kat Koc, I want to congratulate you for giving correct answer and truthful answer. This is the first time a South Sudanese has written something that is very true. No fighting took place in Adar and the two were kidnapped. This is very true. You made my day today. At least we still have some credible people!

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