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Three dead in Reizigat attack on Mile 14, says official

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By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

March 27, 2013 (JUBA) – Members of Sudan’s nomadic Arab Reizigat tribe have launched a deadly attack on South Sudanese civilians in the disputed Mile 14 territory in North Bahr-el-Gazal on Tuesday.

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South Sudanese soldiers withdraw from the garrison town of Jau, at the disputed border with Sudan March 17, 2013 (REUTERS/Hereward Holland)

The incident, which took place at about 4pm (local time), led to the death of two policemen and one civilian.

However, authorities in Juba say police have now restored calm in the area.

The incident is the first to occur since the South Sudanese army (SPLA) withdrew its troops from the area as part of the conditions of a cooperation agreement it signed
with its northern neighbour earlier this month which called on both sides to withdraw their troops 10km either side of the contested border.

Police in South Sudan say they hold grave concerns for security in the area following the loss of their two colleagues.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday in Juba, police spokesman Col. James Monday Enoka called on the African Union (AU) to take action, saying the deadly incident had occurred just two weeks after the SPLA’s withdrawal from Mile 14.

“It is very unfortunate that the Reizigat took advantage of [the] withdrawal of the SPLA from the area and launch[ed] the attack,” he said.

“[The] South Sudan National Police Services strongly condemns this attack and appeals to the African Union monitoring and verification teams to take action”, he added.

Enoka said police had learned from the recent attack by Sudanese tribesmen, saying they were committed to carrying out their mandate of protecting the lives of citizens following the peace agreement between the two Sudans and during its implementation.

“The South Sudan National Police Services is committed to its mandates of providing security to the people of [the] Republic of South Sudan,” he said. “South Sudan National Police Services is also committed [to] the implementation of the cooperation agreement and [in] regard to the internal security. It is in light of this agreement that police were deployed at Mile 14 to protect the civilian population after the withdrawal of the SPLA”, Enoka added while briefing journalists in Juba.

However, Police say border areas remained a target of frequent attacks by nomadic groups from Sudan when they cross the border to graze their cattle.

Last month a similar attack occurred in Unity State after Sudanese nomads from the Misseriya group in launched an attack in Mayom county prior to the signing of the cooperation pact.

Three people were reportedly killed and five others wounded, while nearly 200 head of cattle stolen was stolen in the incident.

Host communities of in Mayom county and Misseriya tribal chiefs have agreed that any “violation to the inked document will led to compensation one party”, with the Misseriya already handing over 140 head of cattle to Mayom authorities as part of the agreement.

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  • 28 March 2013 06:16, by Sundayw

    Some SPLA soldiers should just change the uniform and stay as police. That is what SAF did in Abyei. But the desperation to see oil flow again has taken over the constant murder of our people in NBEG.

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    • 28 March 2013 06:48, by zulu

      THERE WAS NO LOGIC BEHIND THE CONTEST EITHER SINCE SUDAN HAS BEEN SLOW IN IMPLEMENTING ALL THE NECESSARY AGREEMENTS FROM CPA PERIOD. EVEN THE EXCUSE TO USEA WITHDRAWAL BOGGLES THE MINDS. WE WILL SEE THAT THOSE AREAS WILL REMAIN UNRESOLVED AS THE NCP HAVE NO DUE DELIGENCE

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    • 28 March 2013 07:29, by Agar madong

      for me let they civillian of that place protect them self again other cillian becouse those are civilian who attacked them.

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      • 28 March 2013 09:03, by EES Kingmaker

        Ajar Madong
        The SPLA or SSNPS are obliged by our constitution to protect civil populations, where they may be, within the territory of RSS. Allowing civilians to protect themselves against other foreign civilians is a recipe for an extra-territorial chaos. Is it an indirect way to start dismantling the cooperation agreement for which we have not planned to do?

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    • 28 March 2013 08:08, by Tong dut

      Our president must sent SPLA there to fight those Arebs, He is busy with money in his office while people are dieying by the arabs.
      Who cares,but it is too paniful mr president.

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    • 28 March 2013 08:42, by EES Kingmaker

      Sundayw,
      I agree with your stance. The NCP is full of dirty, foolish tricks. The Reizigat are used as their secret forces clothed in civilian tunics. So it is incumbent upon the SPLA to masquerade themselves in the same civilian clothes or where needed, in police uniforms. The aim is to respond appropriately to SAF evil designs intended to pre-empt their usual habits of dishonoring accords.

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  • 28 March 2013 07:11, by sammartin

    We must punish this attack.

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  • 28 March 2013 07:33, by Jong Anthony

    it very unfortunate for our government to compromise Khartoum government in continue killing of our innocent people.
    South Sudan Government must retaliate even if the out come stop the oil flow because I know this what our government fear of

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    • 28 March 2013 08:22, by Jewish Ally

      you right Jong
      we don’t need to compromise our citizen life because of oil flow. i was against the withdrawal of SPLA troops, knowing what this chaotic neighbours do always. condolence to the decease family my their soul rise with CHRIST on the time of Easter.

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  • 28 March 2013 07:54, by Garang marial sudan

    I,m so sorry for three people dead in mile 14.

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  • 28 March 2013 08:41, by Turism

    My grievence goes to the families of the victims in mile 14’ buffer zone. may God almighty father them in rest.

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