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June 9, 2017 (JUBA)- High ranking military officers in South Sudanese army have been killed on Thursday when their convoy came under attack on Juba - Nimule road, resulting in the death of more than 40 people, the SPLM-IO rebels said on Friday.

Brigadier General Charles Kon AKot and Colonel Amigo Ange were killed in an ambush carried out by the rebel fighters of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) under command of the former first vice president turned armed opposition leader, Riek Machar.

Police spokesperson, Brigadier Daniel Justin Thursday confirmed the attack, which occurred near Moli village in the Eastern Equatoria State.

He told reporters in Juba that 14 people lost their lives, and 10 have been injured and the cars in which they were travelling have been burnt.

In a statement claiming responsibility for the attack signed by Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, the SPLA-IO said the attack was a response to the repeated attacks on their positions by the government forces and to tell the world it was not part of the national dialogue declared by President Salva Kiir.

"The SPLA-IO takes responsibility on the Juba - Nimule road ambush of yesterday 8/6/2017 and would like to make it clear that the ambush on Nimule-Juba highway was carried out by its forces of the Anyanya division in Imotong state.," said the statement.

The statement denounced repeated attacks by the government forces on their positions and denied Juba claims that the SPLA-IO in Imotong state joined the national dialogue process.

"This is our response to the constant attacks on our bases and making (a) false claim about us joining the National dialogue. The SPLA-IO will not dialogue without it’s Commander in Chief and will not sit back while the government continues attacking its bases," reads a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

The SPLA-IO, further said they destroyed four military Land Cruisers and nine other vehicles. Five Ak47 were recovered in good condition. More than 40 lives perished including civilians who were caught in the crossfire.

The armed opposition regretted the loss of civilian lives who felt victims due to an exchange of fire with the government forces who used them as cover.

The incident, it says, was a direct attack on the government escort vehicles which were completely destroyed as reported by the government police spokesperson. The statement warned civilians to not move with the army on the road to avoid becoming victims of attacks targeting the government forces.

"The government should not think that they can intimidate the SPLA-IO and continue to survive using the Juba-Nimule highway which is within our reach and control. The struggle continues," stressed the rebel group.

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  • 10 June 00:31, by Kush Natives

    40 or 14? Which ones is an accurate reports? The rebels are not accepting dialogue, isn’t? I turned out to blame Mr. President Salva Kiir at this point. We in the government MUST think twice. We have no more any other choices then to make it all an out war with the rebels. I am personally sick of this!

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    • 10 June 07:14, by Eastern

      Kush Natives,

      STOP POSTURING!!!! You are already on an all out war. This has been raging since July last year, strating from Juba. As you move from Juba to Nimule, your all out war with South Sudanese have left the villages emptied save for the marauding cattle keepers you planted in them. THE NEXT TARGET WILL BE THE CATTLE but not their keepers. This will happen soon!

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  • 10 June 02:58, by Atemjak

    So SPLA-io admitted the killing of innocent children, women and elderly a long Nimule Juba road it means also the killing of civilians which happens a long Juba yei road is well designed to target Children, women and elderly by the SPLA-io. Now can someone differentiate SPLA-io and Territorism which was led by Osama bin laden?

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    • 10 June 04:36, by Kush Natives

      Mr. Atemjak,
      Since you’re new in this media. FYI, the IO have had been termed as Hamas, Boko- Haram and Alshabab terrorists organizations. They’re no longer a rebels

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      • 10 June 05:34, by Kuch

        Kush Natives, Atemjak; where is the UNIMISS, UN, human rights, the U.S, the UK and creepy evils outrage on this now that their pawns/proxies have violated the unilateral cease fire that they have been pressuring to declare ever since? Do South Sudanese with brains still not seeing the dirty games>>>

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        • 10 June 05:43, by Kuch

          The UN, the U.S, the UK & the bunch of creepy NGOs are up to their so-called SPLA-IO terrorists? I have always stated on website a numerous times that the UK, the U.S., Israel, the gulf Arab states, North Sudan, Al Qada, Al Nustra, ISIS/L>>>

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          • 10 June 05:50, by Kuch

            Boko Haram & to some extent, our so-called SPLA-IO have an alliance. The U.S., the UK, France, Israel, the gulf Arabs states, North Sudan & Turkey always lie through their evil teeth that they are fighting terrorism when truth, they are the same countries financing terrorists, arming them & even treat them>>>

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            • 10 June 09:59, by jubaone

              Kuch,
              Call the SPLA-IO(Riak) Boko Haram, Hamas etc. that’s your Jienge junk business. But they have not carried out suicide missions in Juba or Wau yet. All your jienge scoundrels are refugees and getting hosted in Juba and are very easy targets. People know where they live, eat and socialize and can be targeted. Once that happens then you can call them terrorists. This is just MTN bush hunting.

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      • 10 June 09:14, by jubaone

        Eastern,
        Work must continue without relenting. Kill them, defecate or urinate into their mouths cos they are not fit to live. Did these mouthy scoundrels cry foul when these jienge bastards massacred over 30 innocent civilians in Pajok recently? Did these idiots cry foul when Apuks and Aguoks are savagely killing themselves? Did they cry foul when Ferti, Nuer were butchered? Watch out!

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    • 10 June 07:18, by Eastern

      Atemjak,

      Welcome back to the forum. You don’t call casualties in a convoy where a one star general and a colonel killed innocent women and children. If military targets (convoys) begin using civilians as shields, its up to the civilians using these convoys....

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    • 10 June 08:17, by Malakal county Simon

      Atemjak

      Since you’re a new to this forum, these civilians were killed and it’s will continues to be kills, if they let themselves to be uses as human shields by the tribal SPLA Kiir faction...... For theirs own good, these civilians must desist from travelling with the enemy convoys otherwise, they will always be caught in crossfires as the result...... This is a fact advice to them......

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  • 10 June 07:00, by Paul

    These highways need to be crowded with pro government bounty hunters/bandits to hunt down the IO cowards. they should be ambushed while on the act of ambushing unsuspecting travelers along the Juba-Nimule and Juba-Yei highways period....they think they are sneaky.

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    • 10 June 07:28, by Eastern

      Try that. Wishful thinking! Try deploying an armed pro-Kiir person along the entire 192 km stretch...

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    • 10 June 07:47, by Garang Akeen Tong

      I am waiting to hear from the so call UNMISS, HRW, IGAD, SECURITY COUNCIL, AU and Trokia countries, to how the terms this group, or the should declare theirs support to SPLA-IO idology of killing civilian,

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      • 10 June 08:34, by Malakal county Simon

        Garang

        Every tribes mate lives is matter...... When Nuers, Eqatorias, Chollo, Murles, Luo, and other tribes were misably killed by the tribal government, did you asked the for the condemnation from UNIMISS, Security Council, US, UK for unnecessary killings of the mentioned tribes above???? I guess you didn’t because you only think Dinka tribe lives is matter than others......

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        • 10 June 13:44, by Garang Akeen Tong

          Malakal county simon

          I personally, do condemn the barbaric killing of ever innocent,
          We are a professional army, we are not like you gatkuel, we are targeting your leader, I am here in south africa, and Am going to deport dr. Killer to s.sudan, soon you will hear difference news of Risk michar.

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    • 10 June 08:23, by Malakal county Simon

      Paul

      Who is willing to dies in defending tribal government, when they pays no respect whatsoever to any serving soldiers???? Otherwise, you can do that on your own risk knowing that no one will take care of your family after you gone in vain......

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      • 10 June 15:56, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Malakal county simon

        Io. Under Dr. Riak is designed organisation to target innocent Dinka, in ever corner in s.sudan.

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    • 10 June 09:22, by jubaone

      Paul,
      Your jienge nyors are hungry, spread thin allover the country and and no enough food and logistics. They are worn out, tired and already deserting some frontlines. Kiirminal is desperately trying to franchise and have proxy militias with hirelings cos it’s defeated. Next target is expulsion of all jienge squatters from Nimule. Those fleeing away will be spared, those resisting gunned.

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  • 10 June 07:58, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Io. Under Dr. Killer risk michar, said that killing Dinka civilian is not crims.
    Dinkas are not civilian.

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    • 10 June 08:04, by Eastern

      When was the last time you has TRUST in UNMISS, etc? Go ahead with your regional friends to brand the SPLA-IO whatever you want. By the way, what is Taban Deng who is in Juba leading?

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    • 10 June 08:38, by Malakal county Simon

      Garang

      You must know that other tribes lives is also matter...... For now, enjoys what you been always celebrating......

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  • 10 June 08:13, by Sunday Junup

    Garand Akeen/Kuch/Kuch Native,
    Dinka will never learn, in 2005 all Dinka were soldier according to you. In 2013 - up to date, all Dinka are civilian. How can you call General and colonel plus their force whic they command as civilian? I hope now you confirm who is telling truth? Let those SPLO-IO whom you claim joined Thug gov in Juba came up now?

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    • 10 June 08:16, by Eastern

      Every dinka is a soldier; let them deploy along the entire 192 km from Juba bridge up to Nimule. Any civilian moving with the military becomes a target!!!

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      • 10 June 08:33, by Redeemer

        This is going to be another serious sink of Dr. Riek’s politics. He is parked because of atrocities and they are thinking that more bloodshed can secure his release. The man has remained with no one to on diplomatic mission but only looter who kill to survive

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        • 10 June 08:47, by Malakal county Simon

          Misleading information against Dr Machar that he is the problem land him to be park in South Africa, but the problem still exist...... This make think that maybe Dr Machar is not the actual problem otherie if that the case, the insecurities in the country would not be continues by now.... Maybe it’s about time we all admit that the problem, is dysfunctional government under unwanted Salva Kiir....

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        • 10 June 11:08, by Kuch

          Redeemed, don’t you fools often say that Riek Machar is parked? Parked by who cowards & where? The Nuers & some Equatotrian fools are being used by our enemies. As their pawns/proxies and many of our leaders are seeing the U.S., the UN, the UK, their NGOs, their evil jugs & some of criminals in between want a WW3 to start in our country>>>

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  • 10 June 08:31, by Bunsen Burner

    The Jienge community thinks the world does not know what they have done? you cleared entire villages in the Equatoria and all non Dinka regions and planted your own militias and cattle keepers who are harvesting peoples’ produce, destroying walls after having demolished all the windows and doors of buildings. This is your guaranteed death sentence and it is coming in a full force!

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    • 10 June 08:43, by Redeemer

      Bunsen
      Your comment shows that you guys are not knowing the reality on the ground, when Dinka respond about the killing you think the victims are only Dinka, I am sorry, if you were at Juba hospital yesterday you have known what happened. IO knows where the government and where Dinka are but they are going there, Riek want to finish our people the way he finished Nuer in the name of Dinka

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      • 10 June 08:46, by Redeemer

        Dinka are occupying his home town Leer why not go and fight them

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        • 10 June 08:49, by Eastern

          Redeemer,

          STOP POSTURING! Dinka are already on all out war with the other South Sudanese. You have just bragged about dinka occupying Dr. Machar’s home town. The warning is: civilians shouldn’t move within military targets. STERN WARNING!!!

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        • 10 June 09:46, by Sunday Junup

          Redeemer,
          There fore civilian you displaces in Leer town is not a crime right? You are happy displacing Nuer civilian until famine hit leer county and you call that a victory? Shame on you, remember God will judge you one day and your day will be black like those children, woman and elderly dying in leer because of Dinka ideology that every Non.Dinka is rebel

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    • 10 June 08:50, by Oboo Acholi

      Violence against innocent travellers on the hihgway is a crime against humanity. If the so call rebel enjoy kiilling and destroying lives, they should clearly called terrorists.

      IF the rebels enjoys violence, they should go to juba and face military action from organised forces. Instead of simply preying on civilians. How can killing 4 soldiers change governmnet or regime?
      shame on you killers.

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      • 10 June 09:44, by Malakal county Simon

        It is a well known government tactic to uses the innocent civilians as a human shields, and than blame it on IO....... Shame-on government for killings the civilians indirectly.......

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  • 10 June 09:38, by Joseph Canada

    Didint I say on the last posting there there were more than 30 people dead? And I also said all the army cars were all destroyed?... So sad that lives in South Sudan do not mean anything under Salva Kiir.

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  • 10 June 09:45, by Adok son

    Anyanya division Viva!
    General Simon Gatwech Viva!
    C in C Dr.Riek Machar Viva!
    SPLA-IO Viva!!
    Struggle continue.......!!!

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    • 10 June 10:31, by Mi diit

      Adok Son,
      What do you know about Dr. Machar and the SPLM-IO?

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    • 10 June 11:33, by jubaone

      Adok son,
      I have a dream that one day the jienge republic will be completely destroyed and a new democratic and all inclusive 2nd republic will evolve. As of now eye4eye tooth4tooth until these jienge scoundrels spill blood like the Fertit, Nuers, Collos, all Equatorians have spilled. Jienges can’t kill the rest with impunity and just get away NO, NEVER.

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  • 10 June 12:02, by Ranmediit

    Well done Anyanya division
    The ineptness Government used fake news that 6000 solders has join Government.

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    • 10 June 16:48, by Redeemer

      Midit
      What I know is that, Dr. Riek will failed to over run Kiir as he failed to achieve SSudan referendum by his own as was first dream ever but he will continue bagging Kiir for a position in the name of reform. The Dinka I know cannot even let Riek enjoy the seat for one week in Juba as a president unless with help of Dinka

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      • 10 June 16:59, by Redeemer

        I know how Nuer almost controlled Juba on the first 2 days when the fight started in 2013,everwhere we only hear wane, wane,wane we I was told wane means go on in Nuer we thought Dinka is gone but on the 3rd day Nuer were being hunted in the houses, our eyes were not believing

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        • 10 June 17:43, by Redeemer

          Eastern and Junup
          I am no long a friend to Nuer, Nimule attack has affected us too much more than Dinka, Dinka are on the run in Equatoria at our cost but they are leaving peacefully in Nuer land, Nyornyor are the ones defecating in Bentiu, Nasir, Leer, malakal, Mayom, etc I will support Dinka from now on by all means, you are good for nothing

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          • 10 June 17:51, by Eastern

            Redeemer,

            I have not understood what you have just posted. Thank you!

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  • 10 June 18:40, by Fair Man

    Stupid Equatorians and Nuer in IO
    You have become terrorists as you attack civilians. Anytime from now, my company with cooperate with Kiir and flush all of you stupid blood suckers. That was not the reason why we are in the bushes. Why aren’t attacking barracks? I am out. Fuck you IO and useless Anyanya Division engaged in killing civilians. Come cross the Nile further and see what we are doing!

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    • 10 June 19:04, by Eastern

      Evil Man AKA Fair Man,

      Kiir and cohorts tried that in July last year [2016]. Walk down the military option to wipe out those opposed to Kiir and the world sees the outcome..

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  • 10 June 19:11, by Fair Man

    Eastern
    The reckless belief in Dr. Riek Machar has proved deadly now. How can IO in case they are fighting for change, ambush anyone on the road and kill innocent. Consider your few Nuer forces in my area eliminated soon. We may declare state of emergency in our bushes as long as Kiir is not ready and clean Equatoria of naive IO supporters and Nuer in cover of Equatoria. I am out. Rubbish, killing

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    • 10 June 20:35, by Redeemer

      Eastern
      I am out of my mind, this attack is far from what we thought to be the position of Riek in luring Equatorians in to war just to kill our own civilians, things are bad here, it is a wrong button

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      • 11 June 10:46, by Eastern

        Redeemer,

        Please RUN MAD THE SOONEST! That section of the road where the attack happened is emptied of its residents who are now refugees in Uganda. These people were driven to refugee life by Kiir’s Mathiang Anyoors..

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    • 11 June 10:44, by Eastern

      Fair,

      You have been trying that but all attempts fell flat on their faces or backs. Don’t waste time trying over and over expecting different results. If you do that, you would be INSANE...!

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  • 12 June 08:21, by pikka

    what you people are is only God know what you are planning how to lead this greatfull nation please you can think of human being it will be better than just killing them like that, there is time for everything

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  • 12 June 08:22, by pikka

    what you people are is only God know what you are planning how to lead this greatfull nation please you can think of human being it will be better than just killing them like that, there is time for everything

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