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Fire in South Sudan’s Lakes state forest kills 12


February 13, 2012 (RUMBEK) - The government of South Sudan’s Lakes state has reported that 12 people, were found dead on Saturday afternoon in the forest of Titagau payam [district] of Yirol East county.

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Lakes state governor, Chol Mayay (ST)

Yirol East commissioner, Bullen Bol Achinbai, said the deaths were the result of a fire, the cause of which is unknown.

Achinbai said the deaths, which include two soldiers, four pastoralists and six women, will be investigated.

The dead soldiers were part of an anti-cattle rustling task force.

Lakes state governor, Chol Tong Mayay, said on Sunday that “it is very unfortunate for Lakes state government to lose such strong soldiers and civilians.”

Regional tension has increased with peace talks aimed at stabilising inter-state cattle rustling based violence between Warrap, Unity and Lakes states ending in bloodshed on 2 February.


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  • 13 February 2012 07:25, by George Bol

    This report is not substantial.I would agree that these 12 death innocents were intentional killed and throw in the fire. 12 death in the forest! this incidence must be investigated. Thanks

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    • 13 February 2012 10:25, by tutchagor

      thank George Bol
      According to Law, every incident, can not be approved with out investigation. to me though it has been said by eye witness, it is not guine. first, the dead body can be taken to hospital in order to examine and to find out the fact because forensic medicine would shows the cause of incident. like if it is the fire, smoke can be found inside the lungs.and if they were kill first and through them into the fire also can be found by the same way that the victim can resist before death. did the investigators use those procedure ? if not, the case is null and void.

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  • 13 February 2012 08:45, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    People need to watch out there is always massive lost of lives if there is a need of peace the lake government need to investigate the cause of the strategy and brought the alleged perpetrators in book

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  • 13 February 2012 14:15, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    God, rest their soul in peace! what ever was the cause God knows and it will be investigated to established the apparent cause of that and all will come to know the true story.

    If law is given all its due cause, I think we can have some thing to talk of all the time when some thing happened,
    why are we not giving chance to Government.

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  • 14 February 2012 01:35, by panom lualbil

    These ppl were caught up by fire while unaware or were set up by somebody or they didnt have anything to ignite fire. They should have secured themselves and started another fire so the met one another somewhere far before they get burn up. it’s that only way to solve fire in the wood forests.

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    • 14 February 2012 07:38, by Gives-poor ’ier dues

      Imposible death!, 12 burnt with fire?!!, this is the habit of Lakes authorities,they don,t reveal facts. if they, as if will turnish their images, the research shows ppl are dieing in daily basis but no accurate reportss,like incident in Mayendit County more then 35 dead and reduced to 23 only.Kiir must do something to rescue Lakes/ they’ll perish.

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  • 14 February 2012 17:05, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    Sorry for condition of fire which had happened. May God be with their souls and comfort their families. People should be very carefull all things.Everythings look enemies to us.

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