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S. Sudanese rebels claim capture of Tonga town


May 4, 2017 (PAGAK) - South Sudanese rebels have captured Tonga, a strategic town in the northern Upper Nile state, its military spokesperson, William Gatjiath Deng said Thursday.

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The armed opposition, in a statement, claimed dozens of ammunitions were seized on Thursday after clashes between the government forces and armed opposition allied to Riek Machar.

Fighting reportedly took place under the command of the division seven commanders, Maj. General Simon Duoth Deng and Aguelek forces under sector one commander, Lt. Gen Johnson Olony.

He said the attack on Tonga was in response to the SPLA aggression.

“In the operation, the brave SPLA-IO forces captured the following equipment’s, One Tanks, T-(55), One Wolit, Three military Land Cruisers (2) mounted with 12.7 and (1) mounted with 14.5, One Worrol mounted with 14 (4) Barrels, two (2) 120 mm, One D.30, One BM-40 Barrels, Ninety-one PKM and Two hundred and fifty five (255) AKM-47,” said Gatjiath in the statement.

He claimed 181 soldiers from the government perished in the attack, adding that they continued pursuing them toward Weipanyikang.

The rebel official further said a separate fighting erupted on Thursday in Mangok area, claiming the armed opposition forces of division five allegedly killed 43 government soldiers, destroying a tanker.

Gatjiath said Guelguk, which is under the government forces has allegedly been surrounded and that their forces will storm it anytime.

He said another fighting took place on Wednesday in Unity state’s southern town of Leer in which he accused pro-government forces of carrying out offensives against territories held by opposition forces.

“They sent out their forces to Thonyor in order to terrify the civilians at the humanitarian base, but SPLA-IO forces repulsed the attackers to Pilieny,” he said.

Fighting intensified between South Sudan’s main rival forces last week in Kodok and Buroc in the west bank of the Nile in Malakal town, leaving nearly 50,000 at risk of danger, the United Nations said.


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  • 5 May 2017 08:58, by Paul Ongee

    "True lies" based on de movie of Arnold Schwergnegger, de former Governor of California/USA. What next? Another lie. We’re ready for Riek’s pursuit of military approach since he declared war on de government in Khartoum last September 2016. The issue with rebels is when Khartoum threatens to cut supplies they struggle to create skirmishes to lie later that they captured a town along the N-S border

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    • 5 May 2017 10:08, by jubaone

      Paul Ongee,
      Then give us your version of events. The best you can do now is go straight to Tonga and prove the contrary otherwise we’re happy with the IO. Men at work. FYI, it work. Is also this savagery between Apuk and Aguok lies?

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      • 5 May 2017 17:17, by South South


        Iam in Juba, let me repeat, Iam back to Juba, my city, my capital. Things are OK here. USD is down to 1350. Tonga town is under our control, please stop lying.

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  • 5 May 2017 09:28, by Dak tak

    Makuei Lueth made it crystal clear that the government will not resuscitate the agreement neither will the government declare the ceasefire, so those who talk about these things must stop. There is now no any other options than to fight. There will never be peace in south Sudan unless all side acknowledged their failure to win the current war. So war must be given a chance, then peace.

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    • 5 May 2017 10:01, by Malakal county Simon

      Let’s the war reigns and forget about bogus national dialogue until unwanted president Salva Kiir resign and give peace a chance!!!!

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  • 5 May 2017 10:24, by Rais wen

    Go forward. The current govt is not agreeing to the truth and can never do anything. Even the so called national dialogue of Kir will never work because of lack of commitment in the government where each person has his/her own interest but not working in the interest of their subordinates.

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  • 5 May 2017 10:25, by ANEI MANIEU


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  • 5 May 2017 13:41, by ayellopanyodo

    Brave mighty forces have captured Tonga just fighting is going on Wunkur government forces are pursuing toward Parieng county let IO forces teach these merchandise agreat lesson

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  • 6 May 2017 01:37, by Kush Natives

    Rebels always feed themselves with lies,I am right here in Wunkur county, Ruweng state and I don’t have an ideals of the rebels claims. I went to Tonga yesterday to deliver a kilos of sugars to my best friend there, and I haven’t heard any such thing. Only when I login to sudantribune. Rebels needs to give people a break! We’re tired of their never come true dreams.

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  • 6 May 2017 07:44, by Sunday Junup

    Good move Aguelek with your Nyawen Tot. Show them how you fight Funj and English

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    • 6 May 2017 11:22, by Kush Natives

      Sunday Junup,
      Dinka language become competitive by where any one want to speak it desperately. An Agwelek/Aguelek in Dinka meaning game. As if I touch your leg or legs then you’re spoiled or defeated. But, an Aguelek in Shullo have its own meaning in Shullo, if I am not wrong.

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  • 6 May 2017 07:55, by Adok son

    Yes,we believe you that it was your efforts to liberates your people in the hand of an enemy (Juba’s regime).
    Machar viva.
    IO viva.
    S.Sudan viva.

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  • 6 May 2017 11:44, by Mapuor

    Those are alternative facts.Military solution is illusive and thus all rebels should just succumb to national dialogue.Displacement will continue to rise as clashes continue among the warring parties in South Sudan.Give peace a chance.

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  • 6 May 2017 15:39, by Kat Cok

    Are you talking about Kaka or Tonga, it seems that you are absent on the ground, come on, tell us what happen in Kaka today morning, if you have strong forces let them come to Kaka or they should not let Kaka fail to the hand of Government not Tnga which is a gone case, your presence is going to and end, you are nearly to surrender to the government.

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