Jonglei State, News

A returnee dies in road ambush

By Manas James Okony

A man who escaped war in Sudan has been killed, three children abducted, and woman goes missing following a road ambush in Nyirol, Jonglei state on Wednesday, authorities said.

The attack victims, all members of the same family, are among a group of citizens returning from Khartoum to their hometown, Langkien in Nyirol after fleeing the ongoing war in Sudan.

Nyirol County commissioner, James Bol Makuey, told No.1 Citizen daily Newspaper that the incident occurred at the outskirts of Pulturuk Payam.

“This family was in the company of several others from Malakal where they were hosted after fleeing fighting in Sudan. The rest of the people escaped unhurt,” he explained.

The county commissioner condemned the attack, blaming it on cattle raiders and called for the protection of returnees.

“We are asking ourselves why these people are attacking returnees who seek peace. Our local youth tried to rescue the abductees but without success,” he said.

Road ambushes, often accompanied by killing, looting and abduction, are common in parts of Greater Jonglei, with going scot-free, as no arrests are often made.

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