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South Sudan unveils security measures after rebels raid Juba


Sudan People's Liberation Army soldiers walk along a road near Bor, on January 31, 2014 (AFP Photo)

January 5, 2018 (JUBA)- South Sudanese government unveiled on Friday strict security measures after armed opposition forces loyal to the exiled former first vice president Riek Machar raided capital Juba on Thursday night, causing panic and forcing authorities to impose steep measures.

Col. Chan Garang Lual, a rebel official who allied himself and his forces to the former first vice president Riek Machar, told Sudan Tribune Friday that his forces had attacked government positions on Thursday night because the government was not ready to implement the ceasefire.

“Yes, we take a responsibility for that attack and the fighting which occurred inside Juba on Thursday night. That demonstrates our ability and capability to fight and take control of Juba. But because we received orders from our commander in chief, we decided to comply but we continued to experience an attack by the government forces with the intention to gain more positions in different parts. You know the government has been on the offensive and so we cannot continue to fold our hands while we are being attacked,” Lual told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

Heavy gunfire erupted in Juba town, the capital of South Sudan when military posts at Kubri Haboba and Lemon Ghaba areas came under attack at 10 pm, forcing civilians to flee their homes in search of safety in other parts of the town. Many civilians thought it was an eruption of another fighting inside the town between government forces. No official statistics have been released to the public on the number of people believed to have died during course of clashes.

The rebel commander denied their forces have lost any fighter in the attack, instead claimed their forces have been joined by many government soldiers whom they were in communication to start the fighting before they could extend support. “Many soldiers have joined us. More than two companies who were soldiers in the places where the fighting erupted joined our forces. That was why the government had to move in forces from the presidential forces yesterday after we decided to withdraw because we did not want to cause more lives to civil population”, he said

Army spokesman Lul Ruai Koang announced on Friday the town had come under attack from the rebel fighters loyal to former first vice president under the command of Col.Chan Garang Lual, an associate of the exiled former chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan.

Koang said the town was infiltrated by the rebels but the government forces managed to gain control of the areas in which they came under attack and the situation has returned to normal.

“The command of the SPLA would like to assure the general public that the Rebel forces led by Chan Garang attacked our position at around 10:00 pm near Kapuri, but they were repulsed. The attackers are being given a hot pursuit because they are going towards Wondruba and the situation has returned to normal. What happened was just an attempt by the rebels but they were dealt with decisively and our forces quickly managed to gain control and assert full responsibility. There is no problem anymore. The security has been beefed up,” he said

The fighting inside the town had forced the government to step up steep security measures, including the use of local languages to identify the pedestrians and search for weapons.

A restriction of movement in western parts of the town to which the rebel fighters retreated has also been imposed. A huge force has been deployed to western parts of the town.

Commercial activities have been affected and people have been forced to relocate to other parts.


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  • 5 January 21:57, by Kuch

    "Col. Chan Garang Lual, a rebel official who allied himself and his forces to the former first vice president Riek Machar, told Sudan Tribune Friday that his forces had attacked government positions on Thursday night because the government was not ready to implement the ceasefire" These are the usual SUDAN TRIBUNE lies fellows, however, the SPLA mustn’t be complacent though>>>

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    • 5 January 22:08, by Kuch

      Here the foreign evils behind the current rumors & who have ganged up with their rebels:http://c.newsnow.co.uk/A/918129264?-21266:8599:0
      Many South Sudanese with brains should have by now realized the monsters behind the current war are no one else but the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs>>>

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      • 5 January 22:09, by Kuch

        But the evils love affair with our country & our people has gone too far and it must stop.

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    • 5 January 22:11, by Eastern

      Ya Kuch or Kus,

      Don’t blame Sudan tribune! The news article is real. Kiir ordered the National Telecommunication Authority to switch off internet services so that South Sudanese in Juba don’t reach out to their kith and kin outside the country. There’s fire on the mountain!

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      • 6 January 11:41, by Jubaa5

        Breaking news this is very very interesting news in Juba.
        1. The first war was Dinka VS Nuer.
        2.The second war was Equatorians VS Dinka.
        3.Now the war is Dinka VS Dinka.The followers of General Paoul Malong have right to fight.Salva kiir have used General Paoul Malong and he escaped narrowly death thanks god ,he was surrounded with tanks and if it is you un african man must pay back evil with evil

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        • 6 January 18:40, by South South


          If there is a real rebellion of a Dinka man MUST start from Dinka land. This is just a joke, someone is looking for attention to get a job in Juba, that’s all. Nuer rebellion is in Nuer land, shulluk rebellion is in Shulluk land and so on.

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    • 6 January 08:39, by Jubaa5

      There is no law and order no Justice In Juba ,when you are a dinka soldier or general in the army ,no matter how many crimes you commited you still go free.Look Chang defected with one bodyguard. At the time of his defection, Chan was about to be dismissed from SPLA for a string of criminal offenses dating back to 2003. Summary of criminal Offenses Chan had committed since 2003: 1. Rape, 2. Murder

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    • 6 January 11:31, by Jubaa5

      Now Brigadier general Lul Ruai Koang the Spokesperson of the SPLA in Juba called Lt. Col. Chan Garang a bandit ,why salva kiir didnt arest him and brougt to justice if he commited only one crime when he was based in Torit.He was involved in criminal activities imagine from 2013 up to now ,how many people have been killed by Dinka in the army ,in YAMBIO,YEI ,JUBA AND THE KILLERS ARE STILL ALIVE.

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      • 6 January 18:14, by Majesty

        Jubaa5,Stop spreading unfound lies. I don’t support anyone with or near Riek Machar & his rebels but here, Chan Garang escaped purging as part of ongoing against Malong associates with almost 200 well armed soldiers. He wasn’t alone. If he did any crime in 2013 why not put him in jailed then? If Thomas Cirilo stole some money why not take him to court then? Gov’t only lies after someone rebelled.

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  • 5 January 22:04, by Theone

    Khartoum terrorists don’t need ceasefire,because their paycheck depend on destruction of South Sudan.

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    • 5 January 22:13, by Eastern

      Stop blaming Khartoum for your shortfalls! What do you think will the truckloads of armaments from Uganda do to the country?

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    • 5 January 22:16, by Kuch

      Khartoum is just a small fish in all these messes in our country some of these days. But some South Sudanese do not seem to know our real enemies are the countries we call our allies or uncles----the US, the UK, the UN & the NGOs are our greatest enemies. But since our foolish population is so dump that if you tell them that the US, the UK, their UN & NGOs have never been our allies>>>

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      • 5 January 22:29, by Kuch

        Our oil fields, land & our Nile waters are the ones the US, the UK, their UN & their NGOs are after. And to fight China by proxy through their puppets/stooges like Riek Machar, Lam Akol & Thomas Cirillo & their foolish pawns. But the US, the UK & their allies are wasting their times & our times.

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      • 6 January 09:03, by Tilo

        You seems don’t know who the enemy is, The enemy of this country are the very people who denied the presence of war in the country. The real enemy are the people who blocked peace implementation. Stop procrastination; in short the enemy of this country is JCE, had they not to interfere in country politics all could have been well and peaceful by now.
        So don’t look far for who to blame budd

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    • 5 January 23:34, by Habibi


      Do not blame Khartoum for your own misery and failures. Focus on keeping your capital safe from rebels and regaining control.

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      • 6 January 01:31, by Kuch

        Only an idiot would dare believe the SUDAN TRIBUNE, RADIO TAMAZUJ & some other foreign online tabloids with their sinister project against the South Sudan & the South Sudanese people. Why is this so-called raid on Juba not reported by the South Sudanese respected media like SSTV, Juba monitor or even Gurtong website? Anyway, there are some criminals outside our country who would want>>>

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  • 6 January 04:31, by john locke

    Kuch, please stop with your rabling.. you say the same thing everyday without missing a beat. What happened in juba is the beginning of the end for kiir. The war has been brought to his door step. Let taban go to nasir, watch what happens he will not return, I promise you.

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  • 6 January 09:42, by Sunday Junup

    My word to James Ajongo,
    I hope you are now satisfied that there are rebel in the area? Last time you fool South Sudanese that there is no rebellion in the Country. Come out and tell them what happen

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  • 6 January 17:40, by Majesty

    For almost 4 years coward Riek and useless rebels run their mouths to come to Juba only to kill civilians on the roads. May be they can learn from Col. Chan how real men fight wars. You dare and attack military installations not civilians. Garang remains the only true threat as soldiers being harrassed and purged in Malong name will likely join him.

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