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Three killed as South Sudanese rebel groups clash


October 19, 2017 (KAJO-KEJI) – Clashes early this week between two different South Sudanese rebel groups in an area near the young nation’s border with Uganda, left three dead, rebels told Reuters.

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Martin Abucha (second from right) rests with his troops in rebel-held South Sudan (Jason Patinkin)

The clashes reportedly occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday in Kajo Keji between forces loyal South Sudan’s former army general Thomas Cirillo Swaka and those allied to the country’s former First Vice president, Riek Machar.

Both sides provided contradicting statements on what actually caused them to clash.

Lam Paul Gabriel, the deputy spokesperson for the Machar-led rebels told Reuters that the National Salvation Front (NSF) forces attacked on Tuesday, killing two soldiers and capturing two others.

Another rebel official said they had to withdraw troops from a battle with pro-government troops nearby in order to fight off the attackers.

John Kenyi, a commander on ground was quoted saying Machar’s forces killed one of his men, but they captured “a few” rebels.

The two forces, fighting to dislodge President Salva Kiir from power, are not known to have publicly clashed against one another before.

South Sudan’s civil war, nearly in its fourth year, was caused by political disagreements within the country’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) forcing Kiir to sack his then deputy, Machar.

Ten of thousands of people have been killed and over three million displaced since the civil war broke out in December 2013. Aid agencies say nearly 5 million people could starve it war rages on.


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  • 20 October 08:16, by Newsudan

    these days,something weird is happening with rebels, rebels on rebels, where is that coward Jubaone? to clarify on rebels carnage in Kajo Keji.

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    • 20 October 08:31, by John Wetjunub

      You idiots, when will you succeed this war you are insisting on? please you are wasting your time come back home such that we begin building this nation.

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    • 20 October 08:33, by John Wetjunub

      You idiots, when will you succeed this war you are insisting on? please you are wasting your time come back home such that we begin building this nation.

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    • 20 October 09:47, by Midit Mitot

      Mr writer, your article is not clear, these two different groups are fighting Juba to dislodge that crook regime of Kiir, there is nothing to drive their attitude to fight each other, sudantribune!!!!!! be clear.

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    • 20 October 10:33, by Wutkhor

      Idiots jieng gang, those of Swirilo group never shoot any bullets on ur jce negatives forces, it’s now obvious that T Sawka is just an hyena send or hire by juba gangs to come n dear IO in one way or another... Tyw guy is too hypocrite

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      • 20 October 11:12, by Kush Natives

        Wutkhor, why crying loud like a baby? Why blaming others for an idiocy? Why not blame your masterminds Riek Machar who leads you into a useless rebellion? Anyway, consult with Jubaone, he’s the spoke person for the NSA in Equatoria! He will be right person to answer your disputes over this issue, leave JCE alone, they have none to do this!

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        • 20 October 11:38, by South South

          jubaone and Eastern can start licking their wounds, right now.

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          • 20 October 11:39, by South South

            We do not have real rebels in South Sudan at this moment, but we have a few pockets from here and there.

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            • 20 October 14:31, by Redeemer

              If Dr Eng. James Riek Machar was to take his engineering career into practice any work that come out from his planning was going to be selling the lowest or no sale at all

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          • 20 October 23:51, by Eyez

            South South

            You and the rest of the Jienge can wag your tails and rejoice as much as you want, but the truth is that, Equatoria is regrouping to unite under our sons Gen. Cirilo and Bakasoro.

            So the first step is to clear our homeland of infiltrators and oppressors. The SPLO/IO should not forget that we spilled our blood in order to rescue and save Riak from the jaws of death.


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            • 21 October 00:06, by Eyez

              All Jienge retards

              The fighting between the rebels should not be a cause for a triumph, thinking that it will play to your advantage in the long run, but, let tell you that you are all in for a big disappointment.

              What is happening now is the establishment of the rightful status quo among the different resistance groups. With the aim being the opening of more fronts.


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