South Sudan

Bashir bombs Raja, Machar attacks Rumbek


Fighters in the rebel force known as the White Army in Nasir, South Sudan.


The head of the local government in Raja County says that a Sudanese warplane bombed a village in the area on Tuesday.

Nobody was hurt in the bombing.

County Commissioner, James Benjamin, told Radio Tamazuj: “What happened is an Antonov of Sudan at 1:32 bombed Deleiba Payam with 24 bombs. Twenty bombs fell within the village and four fell outside in the forest. The citizens when they heard the sound of the bombs had fled so there were no casualties among the civilians.”

The bombing may have targeted forces of the Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) which allegedly based forces in Raja County for some time now.

Asked about the alleged presence of Sudanese armed movements in the area, the commissioner said, “The armed movements have no presence here,” stressing that the only forces in Deleiba were SPLA and police.

South Sudan army spokesperson, Brig Gen Philip Aguer, said warplanes sighted coming and returning from the direction of Sudan dropped bombs in Northern Bahr al Ghazal state on Wednesday.

The attack occurred in Aweil West County.

According to Aguer, the bombs landed inside South Sudanese territory at a place called Mayom Angok, a village in Ayat area.

Aweil West county commissioner Garang Ariath confirmed the incident, saying it caused panic among civilians, some of whom fled to the bush for cover.

The bombs are reported to have destroyed several houses and a school in the area.

Machar attacks Rumbek 

Meanwhile, South Sudan rebel chief, Riek Machar’s rebel forces launched a surprise attack on Sunday morning in the Maper county of Rumbek North.

Talk of Juba quotes local sources saying rebel forces were mobilised by rebels leaders from the different counties of Unity State.

Youth were mobilised from Mayendit, Leer, and Guit from Unity State and have stormed the villages of the government administrative area in Maper county.

At least 24 civilians were killed and over 60 wounded in the attack.

Youth leaders said this is the second attack on Maper county since December 2013.

Attackers were said to have come with the aim of raiding cattle camps within the county.

State Security Advisor, Marial Amoum Malek, says four cattle camps were attacked.

He told the UN Radio Miraya: “From both sides, those who lost their lives are 157 in total, Rumbek North 25, Unity State 132, which makes 157. The wounded on the other side is not clear, but on the side of Rumbek North, it is 62.”

“And 500 head of cattle have not been recovered, so it is a huge loss. The rest are still moving in the forest because they do not know the direction to go, so the number may increase at any time,” he said.


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