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S. Sudan army says repulsed rebel attack on Nasir town


March 22, 2018 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese army (SPLA) on Thursday claimed the armed opposition fighters under the overall leadership of the exiled former first vice president, Riek Machar attacked Nasir town in violation of the signed ceasefire agreement.

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Lul Ruai Koang speaks to the press in Addis Abab on May 9, 2014 (AFP Photo)

Army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Lul Koang said Nasir town came under on Wednesday afternoon from three separate directions, but the attackers were repulsed after government forces in the areas used heavy artillery to thwart their attempts to gain control.

The military spokesman did not, however, unveil details of the attack, making it difficult to know whether there casualties from the attack.

Latjor state information Minister, Peter Hoth Tuach separately confirmed Thursday’s attack, saying the town came under attack from the direction of Noor Deng, Ketbeek and Dhuoreding, but were all repulsed without casualties on the government side.

“The rebel of Riek Machar attacked us in Nasir this afternoon (yesterday). The fighting happened around 2:30pm. The attack came from three different directions on the town but they were all repelled and the SPLA forces still pursuing them by using heavy Artilleries”, he said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

The state official called on the regional bloc (IGAD) and peace guarantors to restrain armed opposition fighters from repeatedly violating the ceasefire ahead of forthcoming peace negotiations.

Officials from the country’s armed opposition factions were not immediately available to comment, while Sudan Tribune was unable to establish whether the clashes were continuing or had ceased.

On 16 February, the IGAD-led peace revitalization process was suspended after failure by the parties to reach an agreement over security, constitutional and governance matters. The talks aim at ending five years of civil war in South Sudan.


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  • 23 March 06:47, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    Respect the cease fire pact and give peace a chance. God have mercy on us.

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  • 23 March 07:17, by Sunday Junup

    Anyone who knew Nasir would known that this guys are lying. They said three direction Ketbek, Nordeng (crossing river) and Dhuording and gov’ment is pursuing them. In Nasir you would not talk of pursuing but capture of more IO locations if that was true. But what i know so far is that, you wanted to move out from WecYaradiw to Nasir Town but it look difficult to capture it since IO is at Kebek.

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  • 23 March 07:19, by Lenin Bull

    These miserable satan/NGUNDAENG deceived rebel movement is not yet tired of war. They are killing innocent Nuer Youths by driving them into the fire to die like strayed dogs when peace is supposed to be next day! What will be the importance of the revitalization of peace if signed over dead rotting bodies of Nuer Youths? I think you reason with your asses rathen than mind IOs.

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    • 23 March 07:29, by Malakal county Simon

      The illegitimate government allies forces think they can go any further to gains more territorial while they are in confinement hahah

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    • 23 March 08:55, by Theallseeingeye

      Lenin Bull

      cool down brother, JCE will regret the senseless war they foolishly instigate by the fake coup they stage. now they started you realize the importance of the other tribes in the Gov system, that’s why they are desperately inviting, welcoming and awarding anyone coming from the bush with seat, never knowing how many snakes are now in the house. be careful because the time they will

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      • 23 March 08:56, by Theallseeingeye

        strike from within, they will strike hard. and it will be the end.

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        • 24 March 15:50, by Lenin Bull

          When they strike and the government respond, don’t cry " Nuer is targeted" because it will miserably failed like your coward shameful attempted coups of 1991, 2013, and 2016( Battle of J1). Don’t and join your wives and chiuldren in residential areas like what you did in 2013. Idiot coward!! Work for total peace. That is what will save you and give you what you want not war.You have numerously

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          • 24 March 15:54, by Lenin Bull

            I meant you have numerously and miserably failed to try again unless you were born through anuses not normal birth canals like the rest of us normal human beings crying for total peace forever in our beloved homeland called the Republic of South Sudan.

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  • 23 March 07:24, by Games

    I am feeling sorry for those two Nuer Idiots by reporting nonsense news again the freedoms fighters for just to please their masters Dinka. When the SPL-JCE is becoming S. Sudan army for all 64 Tribes?

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    • 23 March 09:24, by Garang Akeen Tong


      You are triblistic guy really, you fail to reason, even you are against someone who speak truths, the few nuer youth who were graduated last week will not capture single home.

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    • 23 March 10:00, by Midit Mitot


      Lul Ruai and Lol Gatkuoth,

      are always telling lie to the public, look, no any forces that could attack their enemy in daylight. this is opposite from Idiot call Lul Ruai, SPLA-JCE is in need of launching offensive against IO areas that,s why Lul is report this unfit report.

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      • 23 March 15:49, by jubaone

        All coin rebels and nyagats like Lul Ruai, Gordon Buay, Ezekiel Lol and the entire "nyagat brigade" under nus-jellaba have betrayed not only the Nuer but the entire IO. Now the jienges have outsourced the war and let Nuers kill themselves while jienges are preoccupied with looting or running away to Uganda or Kenya. Sad.

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  • 23 March 07:38, by Midit Mitot

    Lul Ruai, lying will not qualify you to be honest.

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  • 23 March 08:56, by dengtit

    this is a continues suffering of south Sudanese people whether in gov’t or opposition control territorial. the parties must be serous to bring everlasting peace. the usual tactical of being attacked should be cease immediately. those south Sudanese warlords in hotels across a Africa must understand the suffering of citizens.

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  • 23 March 12:59, by Kush Natives

    Look at these idiots, how would we expect God to help us, while do we don’t have atleast .01% brain to help ourselves? Tell rebels that sanctions against government is not effective yet, if that’s what already motivate them to launch an attack. Such attitude is not helping and will not in the long run.

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    • 23 March 13:09, by Kush Natives

      White army should not subject themselves into a generation of barbecues, don’t those kids got no parents to tell them that they should think twice? If those innocent youth don’t sit under the shaded tree and start reasoning behind their brains. Then, they will completely finish with no history. The parents should start bringing their kids back!

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  • 23 March 14:39, by pabaak

    This so called revitalization is delaying of peace in all corners of South Sudan, before rainy season approached, SPLA has to clear away these criminal still roaming in bushes of South Sudan, government has to extend its legitimacy to all whole country. Doing this will stop those still using instability as way to continue in bard and hotels in Addis Ababa for the name negotiation to bring peace

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    • 23 March 14:51, by pabaak

      Peace to South. We know there’s already for almost entire country and these remaining remnant of rebellion should be clear out so that those who want to impose sanction on us will find no haven for their agenda here in South Sudan. Of course their reason for sanction is not to bring peace but hidden agenda

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      • 23 March 15:07, by pabaak

        Jealousy and frustration because South Sudan has opened it border for country willing for development and mutual relationship between different countries, this has upsetting others countries whom might think that South Sudan is private entity for them, this is why they continue spreading lies in their own media that South Sudan is not stable

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        • 23 March 15:18, by pabaak

          Of course not everybody called South Sudanese will like South Sudan stand strong as legitimate sovereign state, that’s why some are welcoming sanctios, and others are demanding to hand over our sovereignty to UN and foreign organization like these foreign entities were part of 2.5 millions died for the cause of country.

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          • 23 March 16:47, by Kush Natives

            All those useless dual citizenship rebels between Ethiopia and South Sudan don’t get it. All they understand is "riai nhial cee been" they’re just messing around with our country while they don’t belong here. They now remain looking for death, what are they fighting to control? Fagak was controlled year ago. What’s else they keep doubting?

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