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20 dead and 5 seriously injured in landmine incident in Unity state, S. Sudan


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

October 10, 2011 (JUBA) - On Monday 20 died and five were seriously injured in a land mine incident in the Mankien payam (district) of Mayom county in the west of Unity state.

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Women in a village in Unity state, South Sudan (AFP)

The Unity state government has laid the blame on the remaining militias who have not responded to an amnesty offer during South Sudan’s independence celebration in July this year.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune on Monday ,the state minister of information and communication, Gideon Gatpan Thoar, officially confirmed that the deaths and injuries.

He added that he believed the land mines were placed by the militia loyal to Gai Yoach, currently in Heglig town; the location of an important oil production facility.

Five died and 20 were injured in Unity state in August in another land mine incident, which Thoar also blamed on Yoach’s troops.

Yoach was promoted to leader of the rebel group, South Sudan Liberation Movement / Army, after the August ceasefire of its previous head, Peter Gadet.

Unity state has been subject to much rebel conflict. The current rainy season has compounded the situation by making transportation more difficult and the area more isolated.


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  • 11 October 2011 06:21, by Anyangaliec

    My condolences goes to their respective families wherever they might be. May Almighty father rest their souls in peace.

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  • 11 October 2011 07:43, by garang alive

    brothers who are fighting in Unity state don’t use landmine, better to identify your enemy instead of killing innocent civilians

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    • 14 October 2011 08:45, by Niran

      Garang you are right but those people whom are doing the landmine these are the people supported by Ncp they do all these things in the side of NCP if we fined this kind of these people is batter we kill them

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  • 11 October 2011 09:13, by Luka Manyuon Gai

    my decission is like this if there is humanright why not to change the wrong doese?

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  • 11 October 2011 15:28, by Mila Eluzai

    The way militias are killing their fellow South Sudanese is a high degree of ignorance.Why then fight during the struggle.Does it mean such people did not know why they joined the recent concluded struggle for freedom from the slavery?
    It disturbs me very much.People fought for Freedom,it is achieved why again go for senseless wars.

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  • 11 October 2011 16:06, by Giir Akeen

    Iam very sorry to learn that 20 innocent civilians were kiled by land mines.
    I would like to argue Upper Nile laeders to avoid rebellion and
    look for peaceful machanism to save their people.

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