UN soldier shoots 2 in Juba, 4 killed in Akobo

UN peacekeepers in South Sudan

By Radio Tamazuj

Two civilian contractors were shot by a United Nations peacekeeper and died as a result of their injuries in South Sudan, the UN mission said.

The identity of the attacker was not immediately clear.

In a Monday statement, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said that the incident occurred at its base in the capital Juba on Saturday, without disclosing the identity of the two victims.

The East African nation’s UN mission further said it was taking steps to establish the facts of the incident that occurred at Durupi along the Juba-Yei road.

It added that it has convened a review team comprised of representatives from UNMISS force, police and security services.

The mission has promptly informed the South Sudan Police Service of the incident, according to the statement.

“UNMISS deeply regrets the loss of life and is providing support to the families of the two men who died,” the mission said.

4 killed in Akobo State road ambush

At least 4 people were killed and 5 others injured when a commercial vehicle traveling from Akobo East county to Akobo West county fell under ambush in Duachan area on Saturday afternoon.

Johnson Simon Lul, Akobo State Information minister told Radio Tamazuj on Monday that the driver of the vehicle who survived the attack managed to escape and inform authorities of the attack.

“Four women have gone missing. They ran into the bushes to hide and their whereabouts are not known. 13 children were also abducted from the car. The attack happened at 2.30 PM,’’ he added.

Lul said suspected armed youths from Murle of neighboring Boma State were responsible for the attack.

He revealed that Boma State authorities had informed them of impending attacks by Murle criminal groups.

“They sent us a message that there are Murle criminal youth moving towards Akobo State and are going to carry out the activities of abducting of children, cattle raiding and killing of innocent children, so we were in the picture. But this was a surprise attack,”

He said they have informed their Boma counterparts of the attack and called for a coordinated response to the menace.



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