Gabriel Tang, South Sudanese rebel leader, Dead


Gabriel Gatwech Chan (better known by his nickname Gabriel Tang or Gabriel Tang Ginye died on January 4, 2017.

He was a rebel militia leader in South Sudan.

He led a southern border militia allied to the Khartoum government during Sudan’s civil war.

Most of Tang’s fighters are of the Nuer ethnic group.

The Members of the Sudanese armed forces loyal to Gen Tang in Malakal clashed with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in 2006, killing about 150 people, and in 2009 in breach of the peace deal.

During April 2011, clashes between his militia and the SPLA in the state of Jonglei killed at least 57 according to government officials.

Soon after, Tanginye surrendered to SPLA forces and had been under house arrest in Juba awaiting charges against him.

At the South Sudanese Civil War, General Tang allied with Lam Akol’s militia, a Juba linked rebel group called the National Democratic Movement and became its chief of staff.

During January 2017 he was killed in a clash with a group led by John Uliny from the main rival rebel group, the SPLM-IO.

At these clashes in the Hamra area in the northern Upper Nile, 20 others were killed.

Gabriel Tang passed away in 2016.