Easter Equatoria State, News

Bandits attack travelers on Magwi road

By Ijoo Bosco


Authorities in Eastern Equatoria State have launched an investigation on track along Magwi Road.

Some criminals robbed travelers and ambushed an ambulance, along Torit-Magwi road, over the weekend.

Torit town Mayor, Mustafa Albino Zackaria, who confirmed the incident, said the government dispatched security personnel to help trace and apprehend the bandits who are at large.

Mayor Albino stated that he was told by some survivors of the incident that the Magwi County Ambulance had been involved in the highway robbery on Sunday evening while returning from Torit State Referral Hospital after dropping a patient.

“The report we received is that there were some people coming from Magwi at around 11 p.m. in the evening riding motorcycles; they were robbed of their properties, including laptops, smartphones, and some money,” he narrated.

Albino added that the armed men, who were reportedly nine in number, blocked the road until midnight, assembled all the road users, collected their valuables, and wiped them at random.

A Voice of Eastern Equatoria State reporter who fell victim said they were all stripped naked, and their belongings taken by the robbers at Fotur Mafi Junction along Torit-MMagwi Road.

The victim, who chose anonymity, also acknowledged the robbery of the Magwi ambulance at the junction, saying the robbers forced them to stop the vehicles on the pretext of pleading for assistance to be given to them.

“We fell in the ambush of nine armed robbers; they took all our belongings and trip us neck; we came barefooted with shot clothes; all the valuables are gone, including our motorcycle keys; the good thing is that they left our bikes,” the report narrated their ordeals.

The source also noted that some people in the ambulance were hit by a gun on the back, and all of them were released after their valuables were collected.


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