Jonglei State, News

One killed in another Jonglei road ambush

By Manas James

A road ambush by armed bandits in Twic East County in Jonglei State has left a foreign national dead and a South Sudanese passenger injured, local officials have said.

Elijah Manyok Ayiei, the county executive director, said the victims met their fate when a cargo tractor they were traveling in came under attack.

“This incident occurred at 10 pm along the Jonglei Canal. A tractor carrying food items was attacked. There were 3 people onboard,” he narrated to this outlet.

“A Ugandan national by the name Judah Samuel was killed and a South Sudanese called Judah Osman was injured while a driver who is also a South Sudanese escaped unhurt.”

The local official said the attackers also ransacked the vehicle.

“Those attackers looted the food items in the tractor.  We condemned the attack and called on everybody to abide by peace agreement between the Nuer, Dinka, and Murle,” he added.

On his part, Maj. Gen. Elia Costa Faustino, the state police commissioner, also confirmed the killing and said no arrests were made because the incident occurred in the bush.

“As the police, we do not know the identity of the attackers because no one was arrested.”

Road ambushes and cattle raids are commonplace in Greater Jonglei, with perpetrators often going unpunished.

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