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SPLA say that 12 soldiers killed by northern militia in Unity state


December 2, 2010 (BENTIU) – South Sudan’s army accused militias backed by northern Sudan of staging an ambush killing 10 of its soldiers and two civilians in a ambush in Unity state according to a Reuters report.

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SPLA soldiers redeploy under joint command with Sudan’s army south of the Abyei area, in July 2008 (UNMIS) (

As south Sudan’s referendum on January 9, to decide whether the oil producing region will split from the north, approaches accusations and rhetorical posturing is increasing between the two sides.

In recent months both sides have accused the other of amassing troops on the border in contravention of the peace agreement they signed in 2005. Former rebels the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) have controlled the south since the deal.

SPLA spokesperson Philip Aguer told Reuters that the attack occurred 25 kilometers north of Unity state’s capital Bentiu.

He claimed that 12 people had been killed in the ambush including 10 “10 SPLA soldiers and two civilians."

"They are definitely militia backed from Khartoum," he said. "It was a very coordinated attack."

The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) controlled by Sudan’s Khartoum-based National Congress Party (NCP) has denied the attack took place.

"This is completely untrue — it’s not possible we have anyone in Unity state," SAF spokesman al-Sawarmi Khaled told Reuters.

The north-south U.N. peacekeeping mission (UNMIS) confirmed the attack to Reuters but could not identify the aggressors.

"We are aware of that an SPLA truck with soldiers and their families was ambushed by an unknown group yesterday ... in Unity state," said UNMIS spokesman Kouider Zerrouk.

On Wednesday Unity state governor General Taban Deng told Sudan Tribune that 6 were killed, 7 seriously wounded and 2 people missing after incident.

Deng said that the four trucks carrying 15 SPLA soldiers were ambushed coming from Mayom County on their way to Bentiu town on Wednesday.

The governor claimed that the Messiriya tribe were responsible for the attack and blamed the government of South Kordofan across the border in the north for allowing the attacks to happen.

The Governor Deng called on Sudan’s president Omar Hassan El-Bashir and first vice president of the republic Salva Kiir Mayardit, who is also the president of government of Southern Sudan, to take steps to apprehend the attackers.

Deng said that the group was well known to the national government to have carried out similar activities before within the South Sudan.

He said that the group had also been responsible for attacks in the contest region of Abyei, which is due to hold a separate vote in January to determine whether it will remain in the north or join a potentially newly independent south.

Unity state’s governor said that the attacks were being used to disrupt the referendum registration, which began on November 15 and is due to finish on December 8.


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  • 3 December 2010 06:22, by LL Reuben

    Talk too much and do less,

    Where is George Athor, Galuak Gai or whatever, Chibet Mabil, and rest of Khartoum proxy malitia that have inhabited Upper Nile ever sine the birth of Christ! Calling for Ummar Bashir is not going to help! Send some Troops to kill them! Period.

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  • 3 December 2010 07:21, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    These people who ambushed the SPLA soldiers resulting in the death of 10 SPLA are Nuer people in Unity State. I know that Dinka Ruweng Community of Biemnom County and Dinka Panaruu Community of Panrieng County in Unity State can not be blamed for this mess except only Nuer.

    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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    • 3 December 2010 08:45, by Diu J.Kuek

      Dear Augustino Deng
      My condolence to the families of SPLA members victims may God bless their souls ,
      come to your point Mr Augustino Deng, you being preaching the hatred among Southerners community,pleae be far from Unity State; Dinka Parieng ,Dinka Biemnom and Nuer are living side by side in harmony and conducive environment,
      let me advice you again in the manner that the majority of Southerners Intellectual and GOSS are mobilizing to eradicate the backwardness and tribalism hatred,

      Your statement is against the FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation.

      By Diu Jieth Kuek

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      • 3 December 2010 10:09, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Hey Mr Diu J Kuek,

        Don’t panic, when you hear me mentioning the name Nuer, it is true that if the SPLM carried out an investigation in Unity State,I think you can not hear any name from Dinka Ruweng of Biemnom and Dinka Panaruu of Panrieng, but the name of Nuer.
        I know that Unity State become a center of all the rebels in Southern Sudan, but I expected Unity State to be a place of peace and not a place of killing or making an ambush. I deserves Unity State to hold a title name Unity which mean "together", but not to kill. Let not put our blames always on Arabs alone. Nuer are also Arab too.

        So, when I mentioned the name Nuer, it reflect the incident because the rests of the other Communities such as Dinka Ruweng of Biemnom and Dinka Panaruu of Panrieng are already the peaceful Communities in Unity State. I think you can not denied that and even the rest of the other Nuer people can tell. I’m from Unity State and I have a right to tell the true since I’m a citizen in Unity State. You Nuer people are trying to put Unity State in the list of rebels in Southern Sudan like the way Omar Beshir put Sudan in the list of terrorists.

        By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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        • 3 December 2010 12:34, by Diu J.Kuek

          Dear Augustino Deng

          Mr Deng am not panic and am not representing Nuer as community in this web; please am trying to advice you as fellow Southerner, go through the entire article before to put your comment completely you are out of the context,
          Please go slowly and read it,
          The attacked carry out by Messiriya tribe no single Nuer has been mentioned in that icciedent as per statement by State Governor himself ,but your hatred toward Nuer is your own problem as I personally I can not comment in such language is out of my principle,

          Diu J,Kuek

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    • 3 December 2010 09:38, by LongTweng

      Agustino Deng,
      Don’t let your self get blinded by tribal hatred. The reports did not mention Nuers or any Dinka that you mention by names. Anyone can commit these dangerous crimes, please learn to response in the public maturely.

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      • 3 December 2010 10:21, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Hey Mr Long Tweng,

        Don’t lie my dear. Are you trying to cover your community so call Nuer from this atrocity happening in Unity State and assuming it that "anyone can commit these dangerous crimes"? In Unity State, we have only three communities namely Nuer, Dinka Ruweng of Biemnom and Dinka Panaruu of Panrieng. Between these two Dinka Communities, which community do you think can commit this absurd massacre? My friend, I had been in Nuer for five years and I know all the characteristics of Nuer. Nuer kills you when you have food or anything consumable. So, stop defensing your community my dear.

        By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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    • 3 December 2010 11:29, by Den bungdit

      Dear Agustino

      May you please be away for brining the spirit of discriminating among the southerners they are staying peacefully those community Dinka and Nuer among them is peace and love not killing each other.Am sure this confusion is from Arab in Khartoum and you Ausgutino who is trying to create a problem between two community is not far that you are supporting (NCP)if you are been send by Bashir better go back and come with him you will face us here in the south.

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      • 3 December 2010 11:57, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Hey Mr Den Bungdit,

        I’m not bringing any discrimination amongst the Southerners as you said in your article. What I,m trying to tell is the right thing because there is a saying said that when you tell the truth, people will not believe you.

        Because I tell the truth, that is why most of you disagree with me because you like it always to conceal yourselves away from the incident. Frankly speaking, Unity State will be in turmoil all the time if Nuer people are not totally eradicated such aggressive manners. Last two week ago it was reported that one lorry carrying amenities was ambushed on the way by Nuer extremists which result in the death of 6 people in Unity State. This is a shame. I know that Nuer people are the one doing this attack. No other community like Dinka Ruweng of Biemnom and Dinka Panaruu of Panrieng can do this.

        Second, you said that if you were send by Omar Beshir, then you need to go back and come with him. My friend, I’m not from Nuer. I’m from Dinka Ruweng Community of Biemnom and arabs know Dinka. So, I can’t be converted by arabs in just simple manner like the way you do.

        By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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    • 3 December 2010 15:36, by Deng Alier

      please let not blame each other is bashir government playing that role some of you think that Nuer are very people did that but ,no it was misseriya militia who combine themselves with Sudan armied force and attack the town of tomur in mayom county Am very near to the place ,please stop c rising our own communities and leaving arabs behind the major problem facing Southerners

      one south Sudan one people

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  • 3 December 2010 07:24, by william

    SPLA soldiers killed SPLA soldier killed!!!! By khartuom militias is becoming too much now where are the international communities and IGADS who said they are to monitor CPA? Now who will vote on behave of those two civilians who were killed alongside of ambush? SPLA have to take ultimate care of its fellows southerners as it did it in last more than two decades of liberation.

    I would like to hear something done in response to this unjustify killing by IGADS or else SPLA can responses.

    William Wol

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    • 3 December 2010 10:21, by Deng Alier

      international community is putting eye on the SPLA ,but did not care about what government of Sudan is killing our civilians and spla soldiers are killed all the time and unmis is not concern about the violation of CPA attempt by Sudan army force to attack our soldiers every time .what is the work of unmis in sudan ? they have failed to fulfilled their rolled.

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  • 3 December 2010 08:29, by Thondet Manyang

    Dear Southerner,
    Our Southern Army is completed while keeping quite.Why not GOSS to do someting for this practicing issue of attackng daily? God will take their soul to his Kongdom.
    God Almighty help us from our enemy in this critical period!!!!

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  • 3 December 2010 10:32, by Luthern King

    I would like to gave condolence to the soldiers who sacrifice
    themselves.May God rest their soul in peace.
    NCP denial of truth will come true, when reality come.
    Nothing u don,t know ,u will know from where militia come from? Sudan defend force is behind this.

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  • 3 December 2010 11:07, by Den bungdit

    By the way I don’t understand why our solders are getting finish in the hands of Khartoum regime and at the end you may find IGAD and UN peace keeper saying they are here for peace but not and even I don’t see it, it seem they are supporting Bashir. Why such incident are happing and there is no any action taken against Khartoum.And you Bashir who is dominating Upper Nile where you killed civilian and solders all the time.Your time will come ICC at the gate almost entering into your room.

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    • 3 December 2010 22:52, by Peter Elia Kuzee

      S P L A,What are you waiting for?
      Militia had started.Go ahead.

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  • 4 December 2010 03:48, by DOOR

    This barbaric killing must stop otherwise there is no point in calling this a peace.

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