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Three dead after attack on S. Sudan’s Ruweng state

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March 13, 2017 (JUBA) - At least three people have been confirmed dead and two others were wounded following an attack in Tuoch County in South Sudan’s newly created Ruweng state.

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SPLA soldiers in Malakal, capital of the battleground oil-state of Upper Nile on 15 May 2014 (Photo AFP/Ivan Lieman)

The attackers raided Dany, a village in Tuoch County during which three people were killed. The victims were Monyjok Kuol Atuel, Bith Kuochgoor Koor and Lang Miakol Kiir. While the two that were injured are Chan Kur Miyen and Monyjok Mayiik Ngor.

Local officials and residents claimed the attackers were from a neighbouring Northern Liech state. The attackers have yet to be identified and no group has come out claiming their responsibility for the attack.

Officials have however not confirmed nor denied whether the attackers were part of the armed opposition forces allied Riek Machar, the former first vice president or the group allied to Taban Deng Gai’s SPLM-IO, whose home village is close to where the incident occurred.

Both Machar and Gai have supporters in the area. Thiji Dawad Deng, the governor of Ruweng hails from the faction allied to Taban Deng Gai. The leader of the SPLM-IO split from Reik Machar in 2016 after a clash between those whose loyalties lie with Machar and those whose are in the government force, under the command of President Kiir.

Locals see Machar as an advocate for a genuine cause and Gai as someone who betrayed the cause when he participated in the war that took place in 2013.

The Governor of Ruweng said there was an armed group that was sighted coming from the direction of Northern Liech State that attacked the area on March 10, 2017.

Thiji Dawad Deng mentioned a similar incident that took place five months ago in the same village. Monyjok Ayar Michar was killed in Dany in November last year.

The Governor said no cattle were taken in the attack.

(ST)

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  • 14 March 2017 08:14, by Kush Natives

    These thugs called themselves rebels are running mad everywhere in South Sudan. First of all, my condolence goes to an immediate families in Ruweng State! But, let the attackers commit in memory that, this reckless killing of an innocents citizens will not go an accounted for! If Northern Liech is trying to become the very first__

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  • 14 March 2017 08:22, by Kush Natives

    __enemy to Ruweng people, then Northern Liech will pay a great price for heartless devils thoughts. Why attacking Ruweng territory? What’s in Ruweng, to begin with? You stupid Nuer need to start cultivating your own cash crops, in stead of always sleeping with one heart is going to Gogrial state and other one is going to Ruweng tomorrow!

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  • 14 March 2017 08:32, by Kush Natives

    Let’s keep that oil, refinery and its facilities shut, so that we see who face it first between Northern Liech vs Ruweng state! If this conspiracy is day lightly a done deal from Tabaan. Then, the whole RoSS must watch out asap, otherwise, this country will repeat a history of Sodom!

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  • 14 March 2017 08:44, by Kush Natives

    We all(------da) know that Tabaan Deng is very busy just on (------da)’s case rather then focusing on national peace processes in the country. If we all today, running this country by chance, who else’s chance isn’t given? In my believe, believe, believe, believe! I think South Sudan will be a great country on earth, if we "the citizens" stops hiring the revengers an opportunist!

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