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South Sudan road ambush leaves 20 dead, scores injured


June 8, 2017 (JUBA) - More than 10 people were killed and dozens wounded when unknown gunmen attacked vehicles travelling on the Juba-Nimule highway Thursday.

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General view of Juba Nimule road leading to Nimule Park and neighbouring Uganda (Pinterest photo)

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The police spokesman, Brigadier Daniel Justin confirmed the incident, which occurred near Moli village in Eastern Equatoria state.

The attackers, according to the police spokesman, overpowered the military escort, resulting in the death of three government soldiers while three others were wounded as they escorted buses.

"What happened was a barbaric act, it is a banditry activity. And so it is unfortunate that 14 people have lost their lives, 10 have been injured and the cars in which they were travelling have been burnt,” Justin told reporters in the capital, Juba Thursday.

He added, “The police and other organised forces have stepped up measures to restore law and order".

The attack highlights a rise in insecurity and casts doubt on the sustainability of a unilateral ceasefire President Salva Kiir declared.

The 192 km Juba-Nimule highway is the only paved road in South Sudan and is vital for supply of goods from neighbouring countries to the young nation.


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  • 9 June 2017 06:34, by Tilo

    Government will take it serious only if they are to use road, it is unfortunate that they are using air while innocent are dying both on road and from famine.
    The guilt will follow all the so called politicians

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    • 9 June 2017 06:48, by dinkdong

      You are absolutely right. Because they (politicians) are not feeling the pain, they make light of it.

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    • 9 June 2017 07:50, by Midit Mitot

      Vivaaaaaaa! Such a National dialogue without Dr Machar is red-line. Where are those forks which are always preaching for the baseless project call National dialogue without the real IO?

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      • 9 June 2017 08:41, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Mi diit mitoot

        You are celebrating, the death of innocent civilian,
        Why you don,t attacks armies position, if you are a men?
        Killing innocent civilian to get in power is crims.

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        • 9 June 2017 09:32, by Midit Mitot

          Garang Akeen,
          re-read the article, three Mathaing Anyoor were shot death on sport, those civilians were court by crossfire, freedom fighters don,t, target innocents civilians.

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          • 9 June 2017 12:03, by Garang Akeen Tong

            Mi dit mi tot

            How came, to kills more than target groups,
            Very shameful, 3 soldiers out of 20,
            You cut 17 civilian in cross fire, not make sense.

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            • 9 June 2017 14:11, by Midit Mitot

              Garang Akeen Tong,
              One question" on 15-16/Dec 2013 Juba incident, more than 10,000 civilians were killed in daylight, was it a crossfire or how do you call that?

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              • 9 June 2017 17:46, by Garang Akeen Tong

                Mi dit mi tot

                As a civilise citizen, and professional army we condemn 15/dec/2013, in stronger term, it wouldn,t happen in my watch.
                That was made by individual group in armed, and you reveng it in Bor, Ayot, Bentiu, Baliet, Nasir and many others part of country.

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  • 9 June 2017 06:44, by dinkdong

    "The attack highlights a rise in insecurity . . ." Like that was the first time people got killed on that road. What a fail gov’t?!

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  • 9 June 2017 07:28, by Joseph Canada

    This is all lie. Infact the death toll was said to be more than 30 !! They are covering up.. the eye witness reported this.

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    • 9 June 2017 08:15, by jubaone

      Joseph Canada,
      Information just coming in, that most killed were jienge nyors returning from Nimule and disguised as civilians. So many funerals are now taking place in Nimule among the relatives of these nyors. Updates soon.

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    • 9 June 2017 12:18, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Joseph cannada

      Well comeback yaa nyigateen, thanks God for kepts you alives.

      Anyway, those who where got killed, are s.sudanse, although thousand of lives were lost,
      Are you happy with that yaa gatnyatooc?

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  • 9 June 2017 07:54, by Chief Odili

    Death toll is understated. It’s 30 confirmed including entire unprofessional security apparatus. I am pitiful for the innocent lives lose, not gvt men in uniform. Condemnation of the act on media will not deter the possibility of another carnage. The president, his cabinet and generals had owned the entire police force, commandos, tigers, artillery to guard them as they drive between their office>

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  • 9 June 2017 08:03, by Asunta

    The Insurgency along Juba-Nimule road is a national threat, it’s terror act! Anybody who thinks the act is good, will one day have it turns against him or her. If not, the vengeance will use its power to make every living creature mad and South Sudan will come to an end. Even Northern Uganda too!Can we be proud of that?

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  • 9 June 2017 08:05, by Chief Odili

    Gvt building, bilpham, petrol station and hotels are packed with armed men with machine guns guarding the thieves of public goods. If the gvt do not protect its citizens which is the primary goal of the gvt, what else will it deliver? As South Sudanese we ought to settle our differences minus gvt. My appeal to the caliphate operating along Nimule road is to desist from barbaric killing of innocenc

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  • 9 June 2017 08:45, by Gabriel KK

    Dear armed people,
    Stop killing of innocent South Sudanese. It is not Kiir or Riek whom you are killing. They don’t use road nor their relatives because they have money for air tickets. And above all, there is no single day when those big fishes regret what is happening now or tomorrow. Let’s preach & implement PEACE from bottom to top because top to bottom agreements has yielded zero fruits.

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    • 9 June 2017 14:19, by Tilo

      Dear Gabriel KK,

      I wish most of us [South Sudanese] are Nationalist like you, We need to thing different. Since the war broke, all the politicians are enjoying their privilege but the poor Women & children are vulnerable.
      At the end of this war South Sudan is loosing be it Dinka, Nuer, Equatorians etc

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  • 9 June 2017 08:46, by Chief Odili

    This caliphate called itself ISE (Independence State of Equatoria) have Trojan Horse in cabinet and some gvt institution who support them logistically. In fact the CID and National Intelligence personnel had to liaise with civilian to get better information on those linking attackers to travelers. They had occupied the entire habitat of South Eastern equatoria. I spoke to one of survivors this>

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  • 9 June 2017 08:51, by Chief Odili

    morning and he told me that the attackers used sophisticated weapons and were singing in Bari when they launched indiscriminate shooting at very close range. They all wore SPLA proper. He said only the Dinka cattle pastoralist intervened and pushed back the attackers bravely. Some of the survivors sought refuge in the cattle camp. This caliphate have big network.

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    • 9 June 2017 09:06, by Eastern

      For the Nimule-Juba road attackers to become a force to reckon with, they should target the cattle not their keepres, that way, the road will grind to a stop! A hind from me...

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      • 9 June 2017 09:53, by Chief Odili

        Eastern, Your piece lacks nationalism and is a hate comment. Who’re cattle? Citizens’re. Who’re keepers? Kiirs’re. From the total 30 dead, 7 were Foreigners, 11 were soldiers, 2 were non equatorians and 10 were ISE citizens. Very sad. Remember when Emma was killed on the same blood thirst road, we lost talented musician. All victims of mass extermination’re poor innocence travelers. Not Monyjang!

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        • 9 June 2017 10:45, by Eastern

          Chief Odili,

          Read my brief comment one more time! I suggested that the Nimule-Juba road attackers should redirect their attacks on the CATTLE, not their herders nor travellers on the said road. Yes, they should redirect their RPGs, AK47s, PKMs, etc on the CATTLE not any human beings not even Kiir’s SPLA!

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          • 9 June 2017 12:20, by Chief Odili

            They had tried that last year but were shamefully routed by the cattle keepers and commandiered those weapons. Remember the patience is wearing out slowly. The families and friends of the victims shall, in few days time, revenge. Never be surprised they will start with big fishes, most educated, rich, infants. We are Israelite of SSDN, Kill 1 and we will revenge with 10,000. Watch!

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      • 9 June 2017 09:58, by Gabriel KK

        Eastern Equatoria,
        What will you get in return when cattle herders are dead?

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        • 9 June 2017 10:29, by Redeemer

          Midit and Eastern
          Even if you change the real information about who are killed remained intact and the people are asking on daily bases whether Riek movement is meant for innocent people. You are celebrating the death of civilians

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          • 9 June 2017 10:52, by Eastern


            Your thinking is very archaic. Dr. Machar is "parked"in South Africa thanks to Kiir-Taban machination. We warned you that those opposing Kiir are in millions, you counter argue that those supporting Kiir equally run in millions. So we are caught in this deadlock of lack of consensus and let’s face it!!!!

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            • 9 June 2017 20:35, by Garang Akeen Tong


              Yes, Millions opposing Pres. Salva Kiir, but he couldn,t leave seat through violence, but to vote him out by peaceful main,

              We are here to protect consitution and land of s.sudan from any threat, internal or external.

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        • 9 June 2017 10:48, by Eastern

          Gabriel KK,

          I have never asked for any cattle herder to be targeted. I suggested that the roadside attackers should attack the CATTLE. The herders will only become victims if they come in defense of their cattle. Read my comment one more time!

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          • 9 June 2017 11:50, by anyanya1

            I like your comment here, we don’t want their stink cattle in our land, next time only cattle, if they come to rescue it, they will die in cross fire, simple.

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          • 9 June 2017 20:30, by Gabriel KK

            Eastern Equatoria, Whether you say MTN, JIENGES or CATTLE, all are pointing to targeted killings of innocent Citizens.

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            • 9 June 2017 21:15, by Eastern

              Gabriel KK,

              I mean four-legged, grass-eating CATTLE! I am told the dinkas can offer their lives to save CATTLE so I am suggesting if the attackers are to be absolved, they should shoot at CATTLE now starying out along the Juba-Nimule road. TARGET THE CATTLE ONLY; LEAVE HUMAN BEING ALONE!

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              • 10 June 2017 07:05, by Eastern

                Gabriel KK,

                The 8 bridges betwen Juba and Nimule are being added on the list of legitimate targets. I am asking my colleagues working with international organisations to leave Juba....

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        • 9 June 2017 11:59, by anyanya1

          @Gabriel KK;
          And what are you getting in return from death of people your nyor are killing everyday, or because you only value cattle not human.

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    • 9 June 2017 16:42, by Sunday Junup

      What! Cattle camp? In Nimule? Sorry there were 3 pick up full of soldier please but all of them (20) got killed and the rest got wounded. 14 Dinka pretend to be civilians youth were killed too, making 34 death told in total. Stop lying no real civilian got killed. Wait they will refuses UNMISS to check

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      • 9 June 2017 17:41, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        Cross fire or not it all come down to the lost o innocent lives by the end of the day.We should do away with this primitive ways of killing humans lives n let’s valued human lives’ just lkie other developed 3rd world countries. Respect for God uniqueness creatures. Shame on those murderers. God will see them in their unknown unknown areas

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      • 9 June 2017 20:51, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Sunday Junup

        14 Dinkas youths pretend to be civilian where killed too,

        Do you mean Dinka haven,t civilian?

        You will mad becoz of Dinka.
        We are going nowhere, we are here.

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