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CORRECTED: Top South Sudanese army general killed in clashes with rebels


January 5, 2014 (NAIROBI) – A South Sudanese army (SPLA) general was on Sunday killed by forces loyal to former vice president, Riek Machar as the army battled dissidents currently in control of Jonglei state capital, Bor.

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Generals from South Sudan’s army celebrate during official independence day celebrations on 9 July 2011 (Photo: Getty Images)

Sources told Sudan Tribune that Gen. Abraham Jongroor Deng, a senior military officer and "some" soldiers died in a rebel ambush in Pariak, about 35 miles south of Bor.

A military source in the SPLA on Sunday also claimed several other soldiers were killed in the battle, describing the incident as a “disaster.”

Phillip Aguer, the SPLA spokesperson on Sunday admitted that an army general was “seriously wounded” during the SPLA’s attempt to gain control of the rebel-held area.


Another fierce fighting also erupted on Sunday when the army attempted to move and recapture Bor, but were pushed back by rebels.

A rebel source, however, said they “lured” the SPLA forces into ambush about 25 kilometers from Bor, adding that government troops bypassed them while coming through Eastern Equatoria state.

He said SPLA forces didn’t pass through Juba-Bor road, which rebels claim to have closed as they match to Juba, the nation’s capital.

“Our forces near Juba knew they were coming and so we trapped them by letting them move deep without noticing our presence along the road sides and in the forests. We then closed them in from the behind. They were defeated and their remnants were running back to Eastern Equatoria state as we have closed the Juba-Bor road,” said the rebel source.

The rebels also claimed that another force moving on the River Nile from Juba to Bor was also destroyed on Sunday, with many boats sunk or captured, while their remnants reportedly retreated back to Juba.

The number of casualties was not yet known as the SPLA did not comment on the latest development.

Meanwhile the rebels further insist that they were getting closer to the country’s capital, a claim the government dismisses as mere threats.

The army spokesperson told reporters in Juba on Sunday that the rebel-held town of Bor would fall in to government hands "within the next 24 hours".

He said some soldiers defected from their barracks in parts of the country’s Central and Western Equatoria states, but dismissed claims of weaknesses in the army.

“There is no sign of collapse in the army", Aguer said, stressing that army defections were part of any conflict.

The fighting, which began as a misunderstanding between presidential guard units, has now turned into a tribal war fitting the country’s largest Dinka ethnic groups against Nuer; the second largest.


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  • 6 January 2014 07:07, by lakoda

    We will finish you one by one corruptest, don’t panic come on we are still waiting for more Gen.If not we are coming to you tomorrow where ever you hide yourselves. Dr. Machar Oyee. fuck them with only Lou Nuer, we are coming to warrap very soon from Bentiu we finish organizing ourselves yesterday.

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    • 6 January 2014 10:36, by Hardlinner

      Of all nuers that attacked bahr el ghazel in past, none of them made it back. So far none of your nuers militias have ever attemp to set foot on bahr elghazel soil because they know it unimaginable suicide that they will never attempt.

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      • 6 January 2014 12:09, by Eyez

        You people need to behave like intellectuals, how could anyone condone the heinous and brutal crimes committed by both parties, be it in Juba, Bor or Bentiu, how can one even start to justify the killing and the maiming of thousands of our people, by our very own brothers, because Dinka or Nuer..... we are brothers. Now our enemies (Khartoum) are eyeing our wealth, while we’re killing each other.

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  • 6 January 2014 07:18, by Gat Gan Kiir

    Gen. Gatdet said and I quote " after this war Dinka and Nuer will become minority tribes in South Sudan" this is a clear evident to I have quote. The killing Late. Late Gen was attempted assassination of Maj. Gatwech Dual in Juba, the good news though Gen. Gatwech managed to escaped unharmed from those killers. It’s great news ever. Late Gen. Gatluak Gach did not died in vain. The killer gone

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  • 6 January 2014 07:24, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The death of Malual Ayom, Abraham Jongror is not in vain but Bor land is lead their death.
    But Nyandeng and Mabior her son, Majak Agot Atem, will fell sad in other number of days. These generals cannot be killed in a such style by the foe to John Garang. Long lived Malual Ayom , Long lived Abraham Jongror and long lived others SPLA officers who killed by terorrist groups led by Riak Machar.

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    • 6 January 2014 07:29, by Malakal county Simon

      Dinka loyalist to the unwanted President have 2 choices to make now!! Either to die in vain defending Kiir dictatorial regime, or joins democratic forces on the winning side under Dr machar.... Gen. Mack Paul and butcher Kuol Manyang, are next in our list!!!!

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      • 6 January 2014 07:55, by jijury

        Inept Salva Kiir was given many chances: Left with all the monies. 2.Appoint who he likes. 3.Dissolve the parliament.
        4.Dissolve cabinet 5.Remove the vice president 6. Declared war etc. The guy was a King, but when asked for a simple dialogue within the party he became like a mad dog and declared coup on himself. What a dumb president! Now look at the results!

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  • 6 January 2014 07:54, by Bravo Nuer

    Mr. Kim Deng the language you keep using by generalizing Dinka is not so productive and fruitful. Know Dinka Twic East, Duk,Lakes of Chol Tong, Abyei of Deng Alor and NBG of Madut Biar are behind the democratic support and have to be honoured for their patriotism for national cohesion against the Warrap and Bor South dictators and killers. Garguur be moderate and be broadminded.

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    • 6 January 2014 08:18, by dinkdong

      Bravo Nuer, You are annoying. How about leaving Kim Deng alone. Let him said whatever he felt. And by the way, who told you all other counties and states that you counted are sided with Riek? Is it because those accused individuals in jail, sided with Riek? That’s not how I feel brother. I am Jieng Bor and I don’t care what you say, those "White Army" and Riek’s loyalists are killing only Bor sout

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  • 6 January 2014 08:02, by Bravo Nuer

    Breaking News in Yesterday battles another pro Salva top General killed and the convoy was badly annihilated without survivors. two Lt.Cols of Commando all from Nuer were also killed and the commando is completely wiped out. five boats by using Nile were sunk without survivors too.then!!!!!

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  • 6 January 2014 08:15, by Obach Othou

    Attention! Attention! Sudan Tribune you need to correct this article. Gen. Malual Ayom is alive.
    I spoke to General Malual Ayom this morning. Please clear this article.

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    • 6 January 2014 08:23, by Mi diit

      Stop lying. Let Malual Ayom speak for himself if he is miraculously alive. Let him contact Sudan Tribune or BBC and say it himself. From where did you speak with him? In prison after captured by the rebels? Tell us or just shut up!

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      • 6 January 2014 08:39, by omoni jr.

        Probably he spoke to him in Hell. BBC reporter was there to confirmed the terrorist malual death ,

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        • 6 January 2014 08:56, by Simbaya Afrika

          The fellow called amoni is jumping like a frying oil. He never even try to digest anything in this forum. Lol, I urge you should join your tribesmen in front line.

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          • 6 January 2014 09:08, by omoni jr.

            Simbaya or simzuri Afrikaans
            Just shut up loser .
            Just mourn your terrorist peacefully. The good news alqaeda chief is dead. The next will be you idiot

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  • 6 January 2014 09:19, by Jalaby

    As Arab/Jalaba, we really feel sorry for you guys, we will not hesitate to seek any peaceful solution to stop this crazy bloodshed between southerners because we believe you are our younger brothers and we are your older brothers no matter what happened between us before, days will prove to you our good faith and you will realize that we’re your true brothers

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    • 6 January 2014 09:33, by Jalaby

      if we hate you then we would intervene in this fighting and ignite it and encourage you to kill yourselves like what idiot Museveni is doing now but that’s never our goal and because we love you our younger brothers that’s why we want this war to be stopped right now and encourage both of you to refer to the voice of wisdom and stop the fighting,our fate is really one

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      • 6 January 2014 09:46, by Jalaby

        There is no winner in this war but we have only loser/loser,if Machar invaded Juba and toppled Kiir’s government then none of AU,UN,UNSC would recognize Machar’s regime (same like CAR & Mali) and that will never be the end of the story but new page of conflict will be opened which might continue for years and claims many innocent lives before being stopped by UNSC!

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    • 6 January 2014 09:40, by South South

      People who worship Mohammed should shut up their dirty mouths here and just focus on GATHA JAMARA.

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      • 6 January 2014 09:50, by Jalaby

        South South,
        Sorry, usually I don’t bother myself and read what ignorant and garbage people like you comments and that’s why I always ignore your comment!
        Sorry, I’ve no time to waste with such animal dog like you!!

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      • 6 January 2014 15:01, by Konan

        South Sudan,
        Your people are dying on daily basis due to such blind hatred and shamelessly you are targeting and insulting others over this forum without provocation. Instead of engaging in this nonsense why don’t you post positive and constructive comment. Surely, many Southerners don’t agree with this lowness. There is terrible and nasty smell here, did u clean yourself ? I bet u didn’t!LOL

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  • 6 January 2014 09:20, by Dansedit

    sudantribune should be careful when they are reporting news, otherwise we will not trust your news any more , where did you get that information Gen. malual Ayom is killed ?

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  • 6 January 2014 09:25, by Majongdit

    By the end of this all, the Nuer will have themselves to blame for being lured to die by Riek. They need to note carefully that the Dinkas are still enjoying Christmas and New Year celebrations. The day it draws down to Dinka vs Nuer, those who eyes will just see it.

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    • 6 January 2014 09:42, by hellonearth

      please stop lying you blind dinka..... your ways and power of deception are done. just accept being a refugee in uganda for the rest of your life.

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    • 6 January 2014 09:56, by Wicdail

      You guys con’t fell ashamed at all before men and God. What Christmas and New Year are you Dinka enjoying while Nuer are not? You thought it will be a easy task to Murder Dr. Rick and his tribal population without paying a heavy price. So now you will be sorry for that stupid decisions for the rest of your Dinka history. I hope you will seriously blame those Nuers such as Gordon Buoy-

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      • 6 January 2014 10:03, by Wicdail

        Conu— by listening to them that, Dr. Rick have no support among Nuer Population. That was what prompted you to dismissed him from the leadership as well as ordering his arrest on 15/12/13 by disarmed Nuers while rearmed Dinkas.

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  • 6 January 2014 10:24, by wang

    Kiir, Kuol and Hoth Mai are next…Lion Gatdet Yak will eliminate all those thugs a bit by bit

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    • 6 January 2014 11:53, by wisemen.

      Names of loyal soldiers and commanders will always be remember BUT who will recognized people like Machar (Emmauel kembe) alila fi gab bukura fi madina ah naman bi jeri fi gaba kam alf bi mutu naman bi reja min gaba kam alf miskin bi mutu
      No nuer will be allowed to joined the South Sudan national armay in the futur
      Long Live to people who loyal to Silva Kiir and Government of south sudan

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  • 6 January 2014 12:30, by Mapuor

    Condolence to the family of great heroes who made ultimate sacrifices in Bor,Bentiu and else where in defense of democracy and the democratically elected government.Kiir oyee,democracy oyee.As to perpetrators who are behind bars,its high time guys to know mission command,you act, you do not need to wait for tasks.Abraham Jongroor has not died in vain.SPLA oyee.

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    • 6 January 2014 12:37, by Mapuor

      War will continue till traitors are defeated.Tribal politics must be fought with all available might.We can not modernize when tribes are our political bases.Nygaats have all along been rewarded for rebellions,that is why in Upper Nile there were many rebellions in eight years:Tanginyang,Gatluak,Athor,Yay Yau,Oliny,Riek Macar etc its high time to stop rewarding Nyagaats

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  • 6 January 2014 12:37, by Dinka mafia

    One thing i realized about Nuer is, they very stupid & shapeless creatures. who can never accept reality. in the recent crises, out of 4000 dead, 3600 are confirm nuer. in juba where 1000 is estimated dead over 900 are nuer. leave alone Malakal, Bintiu, Mayom & Bor. i shot a few niqis my self. The war continues, let see.....

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  • 6 January 2014 15:42, by Bolong

    I have dreamed last night like I turned SPLA leadership around. Kuol Manyang, minister of defense. Awet Akot, SPLA chief of stoff, General Bol Madut, chief of operation. James Hoth, adviser for defense. And I have seen the disturbances melting down, and the nation was stable.

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  • 6 January 2014 19:56, by Dinka-Defender-General

    My Condolences General Deng’s families. We lose hero.

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    • 7 January 2014 00:51, by kumkan

      Look at you now I bet you wish you didn’t start this war.

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  • 7 January 2014 05:30, by Mi diit

    If Lt. Gen. Malual Ayom is still alive then he is in the custody of the rebels. He is a war prisoner!!! Otherwise, if you insist that he is free and safe then show him to public on SSTV, etc. Let him speak for himself and say he is ok, not captured, not dead as alleged. Will you do that????????????????? I guess you will NEVER!!!!!!

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    • 7 January 2014 06:44, by kumkan

      Mi Diit,
      These coward Juba gang would never display any of their down fall to public because they know the public perception about their inability to defend the country is gray...lie is the only options they posses as their strength.. Get out here you bunch of food lover! I laughed when I saw the video clip where juba gang were defeated and one of their food lover got shot the back of the neck.

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