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Three killed in Bor as Juba fighting spreads


December 17, 2013 (JUBA) – Three people have been killed in Bor, the capital of South Sudan’s Jonglei state, in circumstances authorities say is related to infighting among the country’s army (SPLA) which began late on Sunday evening.

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Map showing location of Jonglei state in South Sudan.

The mayor of Bor Municipality, Nhial Majak Nhial, said that two brothers had been killed in ’Block O’ on Monday night, adding that he had witnessed their bodies.

"Yes, people are killed, there were shot and are brothers from Twic East county”, he said.

A man from the Makuach district of Bor county was shot in a separate incident. Further shooting in the eastern area led to a man sustaining a gunshot wound to his leg and has been admitted to Bor hospital.

The dead are all members of the Dinka Bor ethnic group but Nhial declined to name who was behind the attack but said that "most areas in Bor were looted”.

Panic spread quickly in Bor on Monday following Sunday evening’s attack on South Sudan’s army barracks in Juba by soldiers President Salva Kiir alleges are "allied" to former vice-president Riek Machar.

Kiir accused his former deputy of leading an "attempted coup", describing the incidents as repeat of 1991 in reference to Riek Machar fell out with then rebel movement of SPLM/SPLA. The 1991 split led to attack on villages in Bor – home of then rebel leader the late John Garang, by members of Riek Machar’s Nuer tribe.

The United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) released a photo on Monday in Bor showing residents arriving at their camp to seek shelter. Thousands have also fled to the UN compounds in Juba to seek shelter.

Jonglei’s minister of law enforcement, Gabriel Duop Lam who is now in Juba, said he was informed about the incidents by police officials.

"I don’t know the suspect yet. Nobody was caught", he said.

People from residents near the shooting ran to UNMISS compound yesterday evening.

Philip Thon Nyok, a member of Jonglei state assembly representing Bor town, says the situation is under control.

"There are some people who wanted to provoke the situation by firing in the air but I am confident this is under control,” Nyok told Sudan Tribune by phone from Bor.

Bor municipality mayor, Nhial Majak, says police will “remain vigilant and more security forces are arriving from Mulual chaat [ the SPLA barracks south of Bor] to provide protection to people and properties."

A security meeting is under way in Bor to "consolidate" a response to the tension in Bor, a government source attending the meeting told Sudan Tribune.

Residents of blocks 4 and ‘O’ reported widespread looting in eastern residential areas with shops and houses broken into.

The shooting started on morning evening in Bor at Ci-Nuer-Ben, a number of blocks largely inhabited by the Nuer tribe in Bor town. Civilians from the Dinka and the other tribes fled the area for their safety.

Some youth from Jonglei’s Twic East county blamed the Nuer for the attack. Residents say people are dividing along tribal lines reflecting how the sporadic shooting in Juba is being interpreted.


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  • 17 December 2013 11:15, by Nyachebe

    Shocking news:
    I am totally paralyzed, Dr.Riek, Chol Tong, Alfred Lado, John Luk, Gier Chuang Taban Gai, Ezekiel Lol are all just been killed!! May God rest their souls eternally? The Nuer generals after they learnt Riek’s death become so wild and started killing everything across the nation, and Kiir may be soon announce dead.

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    • 17 December 2013 11:31, by Mayom County Boy

      nothing like that will happen!
      anless there is no goverment with in the republic
      the only noise we have they were been arrested by goverment but nothing like killing was been indicated
      please don,t lie
      to report something which is not true for us on this media

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    • 17 December 2013 11:34, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Ngundeng prophesied these mass killings.it will engulf the nation for over a month or two.

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    • 17 December 2013 12:16, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      If Kirr termed to kill Dr Machar,Dr Majak & Nyadeng,Do u think that u can eat food and drink oclohol again here in South Sudan?
      My freind Dr Macher is an International Man,why don’t u carefulnees for Killed of Isahah Abraham that still ICC looking for Kiir upto now?

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    • 17 December 2013 12:59, by mathem jech amer

      So if they are killed, what’s the problem, they killed people, and they also should be killed. When u start a fight, nobody knows who will die, the starter or the attacked person. Taban Deng Gai was leading group fighting Gieda barrack, he was pushed to Kuburi William, I don’t know whether still alive after his group was scattered.

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    • 17 December 2013 13:03, by Dinka Nhialic

      May their souls rest in peace! The innocents brothers who knews nothings in war are now gone being killed but u can revenge that than telling us now!
      Revenge attack plz

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  • 17 December 2013 12:45, by garang kerubino

    Dear Dinka Bor, you are now keeping silence and the same experience of 1991 is now repeating itself,the sons and daughters of greater Bor are the initiators, can you please get rid of Nyandeng and Majak before the action repeat it self again.or please sent them Jong-lei to search them. we do not want blood shed again just because of you Dinka Bor supporting Riak the killer be keen this time.

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    • 17 December 2013 12:56, by Garang Deng

      Garang Kebuno
      Please don’t lies us with nonsense speech, We Dinka greater Bor we will dies together with Dr machar and Dr Majak,bc kiir was forgotten the role that was did by Dink Bor during war. whether Kiir blindfolds Kuol Manyang for moneys we don’t care.

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      • 17 December 2013 13:22, by Ahmed Chol

        Kuol Manyang was rejected shameless and humiliated by Kiir’s Gokrial thugs as Defense Minister in 2009 and now given the job and accepted it, how does this heartless man call Kuol Manyang feels. I wish him death for bringing shame to Bor People.

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        • 17 December 2013 20:46, by Arakataa

          hamed chol.
          i have never gets such primitives and idiotic great fool which is hallucinating like since i was born. you have really spoil the name of dinka Bor.meanwhile i know you are from twic east always stand on nuer side if you wanted to die like ding Abraham chan then continue.we have arrested your mum and uncles like majak by killing innocent ppl .so wash your mouth.

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      • 17 December 2013 13:38, by Maguangdit

        Garang Deng,
        Don’t flee to Bhar El Ghazal when Nuer genocidaires insert fire into your asses across the River Nile. We are tired of your nonsenses either. Those who want to see, hear, feel, smell, or know will get it. This bitch called Nyandeng must die too. Kiir is not idiot that even women from Bor should joke about subverting him. Go ahead with your endeavor.

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  • 17 December 2013 16:20, by Dengdittueny

    Am appealing to all SPLA soldiers whether Nuer or Dinka not take this on tribal line, they should restrain from taking the situation on tribal basis. They are national army and any government.

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    • 17 December 2013 16:29, by Ahmed Chol

      Don’t appeal to soldiers, keep supporting Kiir, the one who initiated all this chaos without making analysis and the overall side effects of dictatorship. I want war to break out all over so that this man loose power, so that Bharghazal learn, after that good things will happen.

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      • 17 December 2013 17:08, by Nhialahong’s Son

        @Ahmed Chol ka Dulum,
        You have talked enough, can you please take a breathe (beere weei da)...yin ca yok ke yin kuc ke luel taitaai!!! politic remains with the owner. Na ne Nhialic ye jam ke koc ee de cie mith ke Aruei puol ku leer yin.... I think you need to tell these illiterate people to stop killing innocence, nothing is in Bor town. They have failed to capture Kiir and announced their Gov’t.

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        • 17 December 2013 18:03, by Ahmed Chol

          Nhialahong (Kuol’s house boy),
          You are lowly informed. Dig deep and you will find that Kiir is involved in Garang’s death, Gokrial will turn against Kuol in the long run as they were against him in 2009. Kiir has planted the seeds of destruction and hatred in the country for perpetuity.

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  • 17 December 2013 16:36, by kumkan

    This is normal routine to provoke what has been started in Juba, But Nuer should know that what Salva and his like are doing does not have anything to do with Bor.. Salva Kirr cares only for his personal interest and doesn’t care about us the citizen of S. Sudan. What happened in Juba stay there and it’s not Dinka v Nuer, It is Salva Kirr v us the people of SS whom he manipulated for years.

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  • 17 December 2013 17:20, by Dengdittueny

    Dear hammed Chol, if you are true south Sudanese, you should not support this war. Remember that the problem in Juba will neither killed Kiir or Riek, it is innocent people who will die for individual political gain between the two, Let me tell you that you support the war and u will not be in the frontline to witness the sweetness of that war. May be you support the war when u are outside south

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  • 17 December 2013 21:18, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Please no Dinka Bor/Bor County person been arrested of Kuol Manyang. The arrested two people from Dinka Twi/Twic East County of: Nyandeng & Dr. Majak.

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  • 17 December 2013 21:19, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Some facts: Dinka Malual 14 miles sold (not happy), Padang Communities (Abiei Dinka, Ruweng, Paweny, Luach, etc), Dinka Hol, Dinka Nyarweng, Dinka Twi East, Atuor, Aliab, Agar, Cieic, etc. ignored.
    Enjoying government & destroy it: Dinka Bor of Kuol Manyang, Parts of Rek Dinka, parts of Twic West, etc.

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  • 17 December 2013 21:20, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Some facts: Dinka Malual 14 miles sold (not happy), Padang Communities (Abiei Dinka, Ruweng, Paweny, Luach, etc), Dinka Hol, Dinka Nyarweng, Dinka Twi East, Atuor, Aliab, Agar, Cieic, etc. ignored.
    Enjoying government & destroy it: Dinka Bor of Kuol Manyang, Parts of Rek Dinka, parts of Twic West, etc.

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  • 17 December 2013 22:46, by San Manyuon

    Dear Brothers, we should feel sorry for what is going on in the country and to the families who lost love ones, not provoking or supporting anyone or chatting tribal names. What is happening shouldn’t have anything to do with tribes, unfortunate some people took it that way and now innocent people including those 3 people in Bortown are victims. The accused are all Sudanese, mostly dinka.

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