SPLM/SPLA-IO General Killed In Helicopter Attack In Western Equatoria
Nov 27, 2015(Nyamilepedia) —- On 24th of November 2015 at 4:00 PM, South Sudan local time, three helicopter gunships launched surprise attacks against the SPLM – IO’s cantonment position in Mundri County, Western Equatoria State, South Sudan.
According to credible sources, in one of the attacks, late Brigadier Gen. Tito Biel Chuor [Chor], who spent the last two years at the United Nation based in Juba, and 18 other soldiers sustained injuries from the scene.
Brig. Gen. Tito Biel, according to eye witnesses, sustained an injury at the back and died six hours later at around 10:30 PM.
Some officers and soldiers, hit during the raid, also died while others sustained injuries.
According to the residents, at least 10 civilians were also killed and nearly 40 others, mostly women and children, sustained injuries from the gunship attack.
Multiple sources from Western Equatoria confirmed that Ugandan gunships and South Sudan helicopters have carried out attacks in Mundri, Pageri and Gariya Bongolo of Western Equatoria since Monday this week.
According to James Gatdet Dak, the Press Secretary of SPLM/SPLA [IO] Chairman, these attacks on their positions are clear violations of the recently signed Peace Agreement by the two warring parties and other stakeholders.
“The regime in Juba on Tuesday unleashed helicopter gunships and attacked our designated cantonment area in Mundri County, Western Equatoria State. The action is a violation of the ceasefire deal and the security arrangements signed by the two parties (GRSS and SPLA-IO). The attack on the cantonment area is an indication that president Kiir’s government is not committed to the implementation of the peace agreement.” Gatdet said.
Responding to the news, James Nguen, who speaks on behave of Dok Community Association in South Sudan and Diaspora confirmed the reports.
“We, The Greater Dok Community in South Sudan and Diaspora hereby confirmed the death of our BELOVED and BRAVE son, Brigadier Gen. Tito Biel Chuor (aka Gatnyawech Luth) in a coordinated helicopter gunships attacks by the Government of South Sudan Air Force and the Uganda Government Air Defence in a violation of the signed Peace Agreement on August 2015 by the Government of South Sudan and SPLM in Opposition.” Nguen said.
James Nguen, a South Sudanese-Canadian and the chairman of the Nuer Supreme Council (NSC) reiterates that “Gen. Tito dies in the lines of duty as a brave man defending his people’s dignity and right to life”.
“As a family, we are saddened that Brigadier Gen. Tito Biel died, but as a nation, we are certainly courage that he dies in the lines of duty as a brave man defending his people’s dignity and right to life and freedom against a ruthless dictator in Juba, South Sudan.” He said.
“Brigadier Gen. Tito Biel had a solemn oath to the people of South Sudan, when he took arms against Khartoum repressive regimes in 1984 that “people of South Sudan were destined to be free and I would die defending this freedom”” he continued.
Many other supporters, who went viral on social media, believe that Brigadier Gen. Tito Biel Chuor died defending the freedom of his country for which he will be remembered.
“Those of us with heart just like you for this Great Country and our Society will remembered you forever and you have die as a heroe in trying to save your Country from the current Tribal and Criminal Gov’t in Juba” Said David Mai Tang.
Gen. Tito Biel Chuor hails from Dok Community, a sub-tribe of Nuer ethnic group of Unity State.
He fought for the independent of South Sudan as a high-ranking commander in the South Sudan Defense Forces (SSDF) during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983–
Gen. Biel, who joined rebellion in late September 2015, is believed to be the only Nuer general who remained in UNMISS camp during the 21 months conflict, and the first SPLA-IO general to be killed at the frontline by the government side.
The deadly South Sudanese civil war has claimed tens of thousands of lives and displaced two millions others.
At the time of this report, the two military spokesmen of the two warring SPLA factions, Col. Philip Aguer and Col. William Gatjiath, could not comment on the news
J. Nguen, who contributed to this report, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org