Jonglei State, News

Road ambush leaves two people dead

By Manas James

Two people were killed in a road ambush in Nyirol County of Jonglei State on Sunday, a local official said.

James Bol Makuey, the county commissioner, told No.1 Citizen Daily Newspaper that the deceased were on their way to Lanjien town, the county headquarters.

“The incident happened at a place called Thakroal between Cwil and Langkien. Those killed are among a group of returnees who fled the war in Sudan,” he said.

According to Makuey, the returnees came all the way from Malakal by boat and on reaching Jonglei state territory; they were waylaid, leaving 2 dead and the rest escaped unhurt.

The county commissioner condemned the attack and that security forces have been deployed to provide safety for the people.

“We condemned the attack on returnees. As authorities, we deployed some police officers to help evacuate those who would arrive to our territories from Malakal,” the commissioner stressed.

The commissioner, however, views that deployment of forces is not sustainable solution but calls on all those involved in criminal activities to give peace a chance.

No group has claimed responsibility for this latest attack in Jonglei State.

However, cattle raids and road ambushes are common practice in the restive region of Greater Jonglei and perpetrators often go unpunished.

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