South Sudan military sinks own boat

2012-09-16 22:16

Juba - South Sudanese soldiers killed at least 10 troops when they shot and sank one of their own military riverboats in a remote region after mistaking it for an enemy craft, the army said.

The troops opened fire on the boat after ordering it to stop as it passed their position by a river in Upper Nile state midweek, South Sudan's army spokesperson (SPLA) Philip Aguer said.

About 50 soldiers are still missing in addition to the 10 killed.

"It was an accident by SPLA soldiers," Aguer said. "They mistook their own boat that was carrying soldiers from Renk to Malakal. It was traveling at night."

The boat sank near the Lul settlement in the west of Upper Nile state, he said.

South Sudan seceded from Sudan over a year ago under a 2005 accord that ended decades of civil war. The new national army - the Sudan People's Liberation Army - is composed largely of former guerilla fighters and militias integrated after the peace deal.

Aguer said the SPLA would investigate the incident to determine why the soldiers mistook their own boat for an "enemy" craft deep in South Sudanese territory.

  • fourhundredkg.bobbejaan - 2012-09-16 22:35

    Daft buggers.

  • toni.watson.169 - 2012-09-16 22:56

    I love it when a plan comes together......

  • henk.tredoux.7 - 2012-09-16 23:05

    Did they at least remember to take life jackets?

  • Che` Guava - 2012-09-16 23:27

    I just spent a month or so flying in and out of both Renk and Malakal . No surprises here at all

  • peteraguek - 2012-09-16 23:45

    What iam sorry for the death of South Sudan military.

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-09-17 00:23

    black on black crime?

  • christopher.madede1 - 2012-09-17 01:38

    I'm sorry about the killing , but as I was reading thru , the killed soliders were warned not to cross the lines and they act as enermies not to follow the order resulting to tragedy,

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-09-17 07:16


  • beki.khumalo - 2012-09-17 10:09


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