A Key South Sudanese Rebel Leader Who Signed A Peace Deal With The Sudanese Government Was Killed

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On this day, 23rd July, 2011, Colonel Gatluak Gai was killed. He was the leader of a rebellion after his supported candidate for the position of State Governor was controversially declared loser of the elections.

Col. Gai was a stupendous man in his 50s with an imposing physical presence. He had many children of which 9 of them were boys and to the extent fought in his militia.

In July 2011, South Sudan became an independent nation as a result of the massacre which was transpired from the outcome of the elections. Col. Gai signed a peace agreement with the South Sudan army and was soon to be reintegrated into it.

Reports suggest that the signing of the agreement was in actual sense the signing of his death sentence. A fellow rebel told BBC that he had been lured into a trap by the army, which then assassinated him.

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