Seven killed, scores Injured Highway

JUBA (HAN) May 27.2016. Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News.  Seven people were killed and equal numbers injured when unknown gunmen attacked a vehicle on a road connecting South Sudan to Uganda Wednesday.

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Those killed, police said, included Ethiopians, Ugandans and South Sudanese.

“The passenger was attacked between Aru junction and another village on the road towards Agoro in the east,” said Daniel, a police officers who brought the bodies to Juba.

“The gunmen sprayed the car with bullets and fled to the bush but never looted any property in the car,” added the officer, who is not authorised to the speak to the media.

On Tuesday, a tanker driver of Somali origin was shot dead along the 193 km Juba—Nimule road, which is vital for the supply of essential items to landlocked South Sudan.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack on the usually busy highway.

South Sudan government and former rebels, the SPLM In Opposition formed a Transitional Government of National Unity last month, but no agreement has been reached on cantonment areas for rebels in Equatoria and Bahr El Ghazal regions.

President Salva Kiir’s allies insists there are no active opposition forces in the two regions and described highway attacks as “criminal activities.” The SPLM-IO under the leadership of first vice president, Riek Machar said it has forces in the two regions.

Witnesses said the gunmen appeared to be well armed and organized. One survivor said the attackers spoke Arabic, a language commonly used by South Sudan’s armed forces.




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