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Sudan bombs S. Sudan killing 17 - SPLA


By Ngor Arol Garang

December 29, 2011 (JUBA) - At least 17 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal State, following an aerial attack allegedly carried out by north Sudan, authorities told Sudan Tribune on Thursday. Several others are also said to have sustained injuries.

Colonel Phillip Aguer Panyang, spokesman of South Sudan army (SPLA) on Thursday accused Khartoum of launching an attack on areas he said were” deeply inside” territories of the new country.

The new international border between Sudan and South Sudan is poorly demarcated and hotly disputed between the two countries.

“The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) have bombed and killed 17 civilians today in Boro el Madina, which is an area under Raja County in Western Bahr el Ghazal. They were innocent civilians moving with their cattle”, Aguer told Sudan Tribune.

He said the Sudanese army was using fighter jets, especially the modern weapons including antonov and MG 26 to bomb the population.

“You know this is a dry season, it is the time pastoral communities in South Sudan move with their cattle searching for pastures and water. So these civilians were moving with their cattle when Sudan Armed [Forces] started bombing them”, he said

South Sudan officially became and independent state from Sudan in July, months after conducting a referendum in which majority of the citizens voted overwhelmingly in a favor of secession.

But officials from two the states have continued to accuse each other over number of issues including attempts to forcefully demarcate the borders. The country’s army spokesman said the army of the neighboring Sudan began aerial attacks in the three border areas on Wednesday 28 and resumed its aerial operations on 29 December 2011.

Aguer said the north Sudanese air force, “started bombing civilians yesterday in Boro el Madina and resumed it again today. The SAF also launched another ground attack on the position of SPLA in Jau today. And there are reports of their activities indicating movement of some forces towards Parieng County, Unity State, from Karsana”, he adds.

The military officer said the army was “vigilant” and “ready” with its capabilities to defend territories of the new country including their properties.

“The SPLA forces at the borderlines are at maximum alert and ready to defend the territories of South Sudan”, he said.

Religious leaders and aid workers in the border town of Raja, said in separate interviews with Sudan Tribune that youth groups were seen calling on civil population to take away vulnerable groups, mostly innocent women and children as well as elderly from the attack which they say began on Tuesday.


He added that security situation in Jonglei’s Khorfulus District of Pigi County, where some members of the SPLA were accused to have shot at crowd attending Christmas celebrations on Saturday 24, had returned to normal.

Juba accuses Khartoum of supporting southern rebels - a charge Khartoum denies. Khartoum claims that Juba supports hostilities in its territories, especially in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan States, where fighting broke out earlier this year. Some groups in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan fought alongside South Sudan during the over two decade long civil war between the north and south.

Many have expressed concerns over security situation in both regions which straddle the border with South Sudan if disputes on political control are not resolved amicably between the government and the SPLM-North, the dominant party in both regions.


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  • 30 December 2011 08:06, by Abraham Ayom

    Sudan should withdraw their complaint from UNSC.

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    • 30 December 2011 09:12, by Sam.Eto


      1- At least 17 people, MOSTLY civilians ! So not all !
      2- They were innocent civilians moving with their cattle.
      3- He said the Sudanese army was using fighter jets, especially the modern weapons including antonov and MG 26 to bomb the population - TO KILL Herders ?

      Colonel Phillip Aguer Panyang needs a new job. Maybe a paper boy !

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      • 30 December 2011 12:16, by Paul

        Appoint him as a paper boy then if you think you can ya muhamed!

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    • 30 December 2011 09:14, by Chinyere Maduike

      This bombardment had been going on for so long and the international security of South Sudan is threatened seriously at the moment. What is this capacity of depend claimed by SPLA instead of striking as done by thier counter parts of SAF. it may interpret to cowardising

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  • 30 December 2011 08:16, by Abraham Ayom

    Where are they? The capable SPLA air defences forces to bring down such modern jet fighter made in China and Russians and sold to hopeless Khartoum regime.

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    • 30 December 2011 08:35, by paliau

      Dear brother i wonder for you by saying that, the SPLA to Gun down the Jet fighters of Arab Muslim.

      You know better our Goss does not went to defend the new Republic because most of the money do penetrated to individual packet rather than to purchase the Military hard ware

      Let my condolence pass to the Families or relative of the 17 SPLA died

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    • 30 December 2011 11:20, by jubaone

      How much more humiliation must the SPLA and RSS swallow before some serious action is taken? The RSS must break diplomatic, economic and bilateral ties with the Jalaba regime in Khartoum, expel all Jalaba from South Sudan, declare a state-of-war with Khartoum, mobilise Junubin for a war of atrition. The sooner RSS gets arms from Israel the better for the total destruction of "Humar-el Beshil"

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  • 30 December 2011 08:21, by Jur Tier

    Mmmm! another lesson to learn from Khartoum’s aggressive act towards The Republic of South Sudan. We are an independent country, have a national army and good-will citizens who are ready to defence their territory but the following are lacking:
    1.modern defence system ( air force with all capabilities)
    2.Poor planning in the Kiir adminstration( e.g past 6 years wasted)
    3.wast of public resources

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  • 30 December 2011 08:23, by paliau

    when is it the Government of South Sudan response to always and conservative attack by the North Arab Muslim. this situation is more worst than the 21 decade.

    therefore the time when we were at war with North, the Arab were having much respect to the SPLA/M compared to now

    however since we are the independent GOSS,why is it?the GOSS default to defend their territories rather than to complaint UN

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  • 30 December 2011 08:25, by Ayuen deng

    Beware of going back to war with the north again!SPLA shuold be defensive to this agression from SAF.But when will UNMISS and UNSC demacate the border what the delay for all these years?

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    • 30 December 2011 09:15, by Sam.Eto

      The delay Mr. Deng is not the UNSC - It is the SPLM. They want problems to continue to fool you to think there is an external threat. So you dont bother with the corruption and lack of security in the South. Keep you busy with lies about attacks from SAF while the use your money to arm, train and feed JEM and SPLM-N.

      The border is clear 1956, just draw the line.

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  • 30 December 2011 09:01, by Lang

    Like Israel our homeland should be defended 100% from these terrorists.
    r.i.p to those killed.

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    • 30 December 2011 09:18, by Sam.Eto

      25 South Tel Aviv rabbis signed the “Edict Forbidding the Rental of Apartments to Infiltrators,” forbidding Jewish Israelis from renting to undocumented migrant workers and African refugees–a group the government and now the public refer to as “infiltrators.”


      Thats people like you Lang - infiltrators

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    • 30 December 2011 09:24, by Sam.Eto

      They are aggressive squatters, half a million of them in over 100 illegal colonies – ugly blots on an otherwise lovely landscape. They include gangs of armed delinquents and religious nutters who terrorise local villagers, vandalise their crops, pollute their land and harass their children.

      The Fourth Geneva Convention forbids an occupying power to transfer parts of its own civilian population !

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      • 30 December 2011 09:52, by Lang

        Sick Sudanese, even if you’re own people are being killed or oppressed by Arabs you will still kiss your Arab masters ass.

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        • 30 December 2011 09:54, by Lang

          Let me clarify, when I say Arabs I mean REAL Arabs.

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  • 30 December 2011 09:17, by philipdit wol

    This is not a time for reporting at all in the Republic of South Sudan. IT is time to protect civilian. Where is ROSS air defense force? killing innocent people here and there with no reasonable cause what is it? I wish our government should wash out for this matter.

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    • 30 December 2011 09:20, by Sam.Eto

      Where is ROSS air defense force? Good question

      YOU DONT HAVE ONE !!!!!!!!!!

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    • 30 December 2011 09:30, by Sam.Eto


      Currently all weapons are from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). Most of the weapons come from the black market and were smuggled from Uganda and Ethiopia.

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    • 30 December 2011 09:31, by Sam.Eto

      The SPLA faces multiple short-term challenges, including problems regarding accountability, logistics, and sustainment; a lack of mobility; poor tactical communications; urgent training and new equipment needs; and insufficient funds to support development

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    • 30 December 2011 09:32, by Sam.Eto

      Main article: Armed forces of South Sudan

      A Defense paper was initiated in 2007 by then Minister for SPLA Affairs Dominic Dim Deng, and a draft was produced in 2008. It declared that Southern Sudan would EVENTUALLY maintain land, air, and riverine forces.[29][30]

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  • 30 December 2011 09:45, by LOJUBA


    Please i know you are not from south sudan, SPLA/M is one of the best in south sudan , if we asked this rebels to come and take power and defend right of our people they couldn’t.
    secondly we understand our problem and we know how to settle it.Sam it is our right to choose color of friendship not YOU SAM JALABA to point out what we suppose to do.

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  • 30 December 2011 11:00, by whatsayyou

    what is happening you SplA, you response to this threat if it means return to war let it be because every humanbeing bleed, those arabs should not joke all the time.

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  • 30 December 2011 14:13, by Lokeji

    Let us not expect any military reaction from both spla or the government of south sudan, because what is happening is far away from them and their individual interests. But am just wishing that, let them just drop one in juba and more specifically on the head of either kiir or Riek, so that the surviver of the two might sense the pain and agony of the relatives of the victims.

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    • 30 December 2011 14:24, by Northern Sudanese

      Lokeji Juba is too far i don’t think bashir can bomb the capital.BTW what is Salva Kiir doing during these attacks?counting petro Dollars or sleeping? OMG he is so annoying i want to see him declaring war or at least fighting back. Bashir my own president is also annoying me. what’s the point of killing innocent herders?.i want to see an invasion of oil fields not the killing of innocent people.

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  • 30 December 2011 14:16, by Northern Sudanese

    can i just remind the people who are commenting that how northern sudanese consider themselves arabs or africans has nothing to do with this attack.please do you believe that bashir attacks south sudan 4 or 5 times a month to show his arab? WTF? anyway i am getting sick of these bombings they are boring and they are killing innocent for nothing.i want to see a major invasion or something like that

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  • 30 December 2011 19:57, by BM Bol

    I wonder how long Kiir is still going to sing a song of "No Return To War" while Bashir continues to slaughter innocent civilians. Kiir needs to be reminded that his first and foremost priority is to protect the people of South Sudan before anything else. If he can’t then he should step aside and let someone else do it.

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    • 30 December 2011 20:05, by Lang

      He should know the difference between going to war and protecting the damn nation. Salva Kiir is a fool. It’s times like this I wish John Garang were not dead we need a leader like him not this Salva Kiir fool.

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