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ISIS beheads a South Sudanese citizen ’to avenge persecution of Muslims in the country’


October 18, 2015 (WASHINGTON) – The Islamic State section in Libya (ISIS) released a video on Sunday purportedly showing the beheading of a man who identified himself as being a citizen of South Sudan.

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Screenshot from ISIS video showing an unidentified South Sudan man’s beheading (ST)

The captive, dressed in dressed in orange jump suit, made a short statement in which he uttered his name but was not audible and confirmed his nationality.

The masked ISIS fighter in the video, who carried out the beheading, justified the killing by saying that “this is a message to our Muslim brothers in South Sudan who are suffering injustice, uprooting and slaughter at the hands of the Christian aggressors; we are conveying good news to you that Allah has deployed the soldiers of the caliphate to avenge for you and defend you”.

“We will cut every hand that hurt you. O’ Christians in South Sudan know that as you kill you will be killed and as you displace dour brothers we will do the same …No safety or shelter for you except that of the Islamic state.. We will fight all of you as you fight us”.

The South Sudanese was then forced down on his knees then beheaded. He could be heard snorting briefly in the process.

The authenticity of the video has yet to be verified.

It is not clear why ISIS believes Muslims in the world’s newest state are being persecuted.

There are no official figures on the number of Muslims in South Sudan though they are estimated to be around 20% of the population.

The International Religious Freedom Report for 2014 released by the U.S. State Department did not document any systematic discrimination of Muslims in South Sudan which is a secular state according to the constitution.

It only noted a couple of incidents from 2014 by which the the Central Equatoria State government demolished mosques built on government land.

"According to Islamic leaders, Muslim soldiers from the north, who came to South Sudan to fight during the war for independence, built these mosques in areas where they encamped, on land that did not belong to them".

"The South Sudan Islamic Council, the central coordinating body for Islamic groups in the country, worked with the Executive Office of the President, which acted as an intermediary with the state government, to discuss compensation in the form of new land, for the destroyed mosques. These discussions were ongoing at year’s end".

The report also mentioned that South Sudan President Salva Kiir "held an iftar and offered the Ministry of Education’s support to the Islamic community in building Islamic schools".

"Both a Christian representative and a Muslim representative read prayers at most official events, with translation from English to Arabic often provided".

"Muslims in government included at least one governor and, through July, 17 members of the 332-member National Legislative Assembly (NLA). After the NLA dismissed 23 members in August, only 309 seats in the NLA were filled and the number of Muslim members was unknown".

This is not the first incident of this type by ISIS in Libya targeting Christians.

Last February 21 Coptic Christian Egyptians were shown to be beheaded in the same manner by ISIS.

The following month 30 Ethiopian Christians were also killed by ISIS.


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  • 18 October 2015 21:52, by denng

    Islam is a disease,, disgusting.

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    • 19 October 2015 01:28, by Darkangel

      Don’t blame the religion for what sick ppl do. No where in slam does it say behead or kill innocent ppl for their religion. Many People May Do Things IN The Name Of Religion; The crusaders slaughtered ppl, the Buddhist in Myanmar, the Europeans to American Indians etc. Do be ignorant, just cause you’re racist and Islamophobic.

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      • 19 October 2015 03:38, by Bentiu Sudan

        There no different between Kiir, Jieng Council of Elders, and ISIS. What ISIS are doing is exactly what Dinka are doing in South Sudan.

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      • 20 October 2015 04:54, by denng

        DArkangel, you maybe a decent person, but i got to call a spade a spade. there is no attractive side of the coin when it comes to your faith. i’m a student of history, any new knowledge is welcome but i know enough about islam.

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    • 19 October 2015 04:51, by Khent

      Where are Muslims being persecuted in South Sudan? This is yet another example of barbarism inspired by absolutely fake grievances from the ’religion of peace’. It was Muslims that subjected South Sudanese to slave raids when they first made contact. More than a million South Sudanese died in a State sanctioned ’jihad’...

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      • 19 October 2015 05:26, by Khent

        ..And an avowedly Muslim regime occupies Nation size territories belonging to South Sudan. Raja County has a majority Muslim population and must not be granted Statehood. Give them their own State and there will be agitations from Islamic fundamentalists. The ’Fertit’ were allied with Khartoum, so I’m not being unreasonable here.

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        • 19 October 2015 05:45, by Khent

          I just want to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to Islam for being so terribly cruel to South Sudanese over a period of hundreds of years. They are [for the most part] now innoculized; unlike other Africans they will never join this religion en masse. Unfortunately there are exceptions, even within my own extended family.

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          • 19 October 2015 06:39, by Khent

            I very much doubt that Muslims are 20% of South Sudan’s population. Other than incredibly small tribes in South Sudan’s Raja County, Muslims do not have significant representation in the country, unless the Baggara Arabs are now considered South Sudanese. I’ve seen maps purporting to show Baggara settlemmets in Western Bahr el Ghazal. They don’t belong there and cannot be counted...

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            • 19 October 2015 07:17, by Mi diit

              ISIS is crazy organization. Muslims in South Sudan should protest against the killing of their fellow citizen in their name.

              The Muslim leadership in South Sudan should come up with a strong statement condemning this barbaric act by ISIS to shame them.

              Muslims in South Sudan are not persecuted. ISIS is lying!

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              • 19 October 2015 15:54, by Hardlinner

                Mi diit, south sudan muslims have nothing to do with this. but any country than support ISIS must answer to killing of this innocent man. the countries with nuclear bomb should test their weapons on ISIS controlled territories. wipe them off the face of earth, they don’t deserve to live.

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            • 21 October 2015 11:50, by Darkangel

              How chutzpah can you get !!! Another opportunity to instill hatred. Typical !!

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    • 19 October 2015 15:37, by Hardlinner

      those animals called ISIS do not know our color. the death of that man shall never go in vain.

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  • 19 October 2015 03:40, by salah

    Awful and disgusting. Shameful and very sad indeed. The South used religion as a rallying point during the war with the North. That was very justifiable. However, we have not seen any systematic discrimination against Muslims in the south since independence. Even during the recent civil war where ethnicity was an issue, religion was never a factor.

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  • 19 October 2015 03:43, by salah

    The stupidity of ISIS and their message of hatred is a scar in the face of humanity. This is not Islam that we know. May God receive this man with the saints. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Amen.

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    • 19 October 2015 04:00, by dinkdong

      Don’t delude yourself Mr. Salah. What God are you calling to receive this man as saint? The same God you killed him in His name? You guys are hypocrites.

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      • 19 October 2015 04:11, by salah

        Dear dinkdong, I usually don’t respond to comments like yours, but today I will make an exception. I am a Muslim and have not killed any God, nor do I believe that anyone killed any God. And YES I pray that the God of this innocent man receives him as a saint and resets his soul in eternal peace.

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        • 19 October 2015 04:13, by salah

          Rests his soul in eternal peace

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        • 19 October 2015 04:14, by dinkdong

          "him," the man killed, not God!

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          • 19 October 2015 04:27, by salah

            Again dinkdong, I did not kill any man. Please don’t start to generalize, this is exactly what ISIS is doing, I believe you are better than them.

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            • 19 October 2015 05:35, by dinkdong

              When I said you, I meant ’you Muslims,’ not particularly you Salah.

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              • 19 October 2015 05:50, by salah

                The point is the same dear, you are generalizing all Muslims as ISIS, just like ISIS Iis generalizing everything that is not ISIS as bad. Peace brother.

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                • 19 October 2015 05:59, by dinkdong

                  The usual "peace" to you too.

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    • 19 October 2015 16:19, by Hardlinner

      anyone that indoctrinate extremists shall also be labelled as part of that group responsible for death of that innocent man. i have never had of any muslim prosecution in south sudan. so where did ISIS terrorists get that information from. those animal deserve to be killed in similar way they kill others. that is the only they would understand their animal behaviors.

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  • 19 October 2015 03:52, by dinkdong

    Don’t let the ISIS or the dang Sudanese justified their killing with false accusations. Know that you have just initiated the fight with South Sudanese.

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  • 19 October 2015 07:27, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    The ISIS had done a cruelest killing that no one had ever expected to happen in the newest country the south Sudan.Muslims and Christians in south Sudan have no grudges that based on religious affiliations.The killing is personal and may be did not culminate the ISIS position.

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    • 19 October 2015 15:47, by Hardlinner

      the primates known as ISIS should not pretend to be followers of God. they are murderous and must be exterminated. Libya need to step up it security to deal with these animals(ISIS) or else they should be annex to Egypt. i have never wishes any country to be nuke, but ISIS need to vaporized by nuclear bomb. they are not human, even animals are better than them.

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  • 19 October 2015 07:46, by Gabriel KK

    20% is wrong. muslims population in South Sudan is less than 5% and this 5% are mainly Sudanese muslims traders in South Sudan.

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    • 21 October 2015 11:55, by Darkangel

      Well known fact Gabriel! South Sudan 20-20 Christian/Muslim the remaining 60% Indigenous beliefs! You can call your country Christian because ur elite leaders are and to get evangelical American support, but doesn’t change the facts.

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  • 19 October 2015 08:38, by sudani ana

    This is so sad. This is gratuitous killing by ISIS for the sake of killing. My sincerest condolences to the victim’s family.

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    • 19 October 2015 09:47, by South South

      Sudani ana or whatever you are called. What you did here is very stupid and you think you can get away with it. This is called non-apology apology. You are a big supporter of ISIS if not than call ISIS by their real name (Terrorists) and condemn what the did to this innocent South Sudanese man.

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      • 19 October 2015 12:51, by sudani ana

        You never stop being an idiot do yo? I don’t need to apologise for what ISIS do or don’t do. Because I have nothing to do with them. Of course they are terrorists, I don’t need to state the obvious you imbecile. They have killed far more muslims than non-muslims. Sudan Tribune, why delete my previous post?

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        • 19 October 2015 14:44, by South South

          Sudani ana,

          You are still vagabond and simple minded, are you son of terrorist? All Muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims so far. Wash your ass and call the real terrorists like ISIS by their real name. Maybe you did not do your daily thing (GATHA JAMARA), that why you are very confuse right now, Idiot and dirty one with shit in his hands.

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  • 19 October 2015 10:00, by Kalo

    What kind religious is this ? those are terrorist, have nothing with religion issue,the Muslim world should think of that otherwise will create religious war one day like what happening in CAR,sectarian violence.

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  • 19 October 2015 10:50, by Eastern

    The information I gather from other sources is that the name of the dead man is Kuol Deng and he hailed from Warrap but that name according to me links him up north - to Abyei. Kiir has been toying with muslims including sponsoring their hajj to Mecca and often dines with them during iftar. Now muslims are here rearing their ugly heads on South Sudanese - some of whom are not even christians!

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  • 19 October 2015 13:24, by Mr. Right

    Honestly, I do not understand why we should promote Islam in South Sudan. Kiir believe he is playing smart politics, even dressing in Jalabia, holy shit!
    Islam is a cancer in South Sudan and there is never a peace in a Muslim world....stop promoting Islam you shits?

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    • 19 October 2015 16:01, by Hardlinner

      mr right, we should eliminate all religions in south sudan. universe clearly tell us that, the notion of God existent is closer to zero. so, religion should just become like social way of living. any group or countries that tried to push or force their primitives religion shall be deal with collectively. let God, if he ever exist, descend down and tell people what religion they should follow.

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  • 19 October 2015 16:07, by Hardlinner

    Muslims should either fight their maniac ISIS or risk being labeled as part of that terrorist groups. we should blame west for killing of that south sudanese man. when GHadafi was the leader of that country?, none of those groups existed in Libya.

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  • 19 October 2015 20:12, by Mr. Right

    Hardlinner, everyone is entitled to his opinion and I do respect that.
    However, I believe in Holy God, God for the good deeds and my Muslims brothers seem to miss the point...by taking things too far too bad.
    Christianity is "peace" and "peaceful" and God exists!!

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