South Sudanese businessman turned-rebel, Kerbino Wol killed

Former leader of 7th October Movement-Mr. Kerbino Wol Agok

South Sudan army says it has killed Kerbino Wol Agok, a businessman who formed a rebellion recently. He was reportedly killed in combat with South Sudan People’s Defense Forces on Sunday June 14th.

SSPDF spokesperson, Major General Lul Ruai confirmed Kerbino’s killing to Eye radio. He said Captain Kerbino Wol was killed in Ayen Mayar Rumbeek East in Lakes State following days of offensive on his base.

“Our gallant forces from 16 Infantry Brigade of 6 Insanitary Division conducted a very successful surgical offensive operation against outlaws of the October Movement founded by Kerbion Wol Agok,” Maj.Gen. Lul said.

He was reportedly killed while being harbored by a civilian in a nearby village. Youth Leader, Monydiar Maker who hosted him in his house died in the attack. A woman and a child were also wounded.

Last week, Kerbino Wol announced on the ‘Voice America’ the formation of his rebel group called 7th October Movement. He told VOA South Sudan in focus that he wanted to liberate South Sudan from what he described as ‘corrupt’ and ‘genocidal’ regime.

“They [young people] have taken the lead to liberate themselves from the oppression and failed leadership in the country,” he told VOA before his death.

Previously Kerbino had questioned the presence of peace in South Sudan.

“Where is peace? Peace is not for the elites. Peace only prevails in Juba while thousands are dying in the countryside,” Wol concluded.

Kerbino was detained by National Security in April 2018. He was later sentenced to 10 years in jail. Early this year, Kerbino was released through a presidential pardon.