By William Madouk Garang
At least one person was reported killed and five others injured in Saturday’s vehicle-waylaid along Abyei-Amiet road by suspected Misseryia militia group.
According to local authorities in Abyei, the person who was killed was identified as Abu Jeil Minyang and among five wounded, one person was severely injured and under critical condition.
Ajak Deng Miyan, the Area Administration’s Spokesperson said the attack happened at 10:30, Saturday morning when suspected Misseryia armed group shot one dead and injured five others in a vehicle heading to Amiet Market.
“Today Saturday 30th July, 2022 at around 10:30 AM, a Misseryia Militia ambushed and attacked a vehicle heading to Amiet Market, an attack which resulted into killing of (1) one innocent person named Abu Jeil Minyang Agweet”.
“And (5) five others were injured of which (1) one person was seriously injured just only (1) one kilometer from Dokura village,” read part of the statement seen by No.1 Citizen Daily Newspaper.
The Abyei Administrative Area government condemned the killing in strongest terms and urged the UN Interim Security Forces for Abyei to live up to expectation and provide necessary security protection.
“Calls upon UNISFA, to live up to its mandate and render effective security protection to the civilians and underscore the fact that, a recurrent killing at exactly one lace on Abyei-Amiet Road amounts to a clear negligence,” added the statement.
The local authorities in Abyei further extended its heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased, Ngok Dinka Community and the entire people of South Sudan.
“Once again the Area Administration would like to convey its sincere and profound condolences to the families of the deceased, Ngok Dinka community and the entire South Sudanese,” said Miyan in a statement.
The Amiet market is a common market in disputed area of Abyei, and was established to sustain peace between the Ngok Dinka and Misseryia communities in the area.
Sudan and South Sudan are disputing the oil-rich Abyei area since the country gained its independence in 2011 through referendum votes.
However, in October 2013, the Ngok Dinka community conducted a unilateral popular referendum in which the vast majority voted to join South Sudan.