More than 20 Ugandans have been kidnapped by unknown assailants in a raid along the Uganda-South Sudan borders.
The victims are said to have been abducted a group of gunmen from Uganda’s north-western district of Yumbe.
According to security officials, the raid in Lewa village, a farmland in Kochi parish Yumbe district happened in the wee hours of Monday morning.
The Yumbe District chairman Taban Yasiin said they have launched a search for the abductees who are feared to have been taken to Africa’s youngest country, South Sudan.
Taban said is quoted to have said security officials in the district held an emergency security meeting and asked the central government to intervene, “because it is an international security matter between Uganda and South Sudan which has been plunged into war for over four years now”.
There have been reports of increased disturbances along the South Sudan- Uganda border, with a several Uganda traders killed in raids mounted by what Ugandan authorities have described as armed robbers from South Sudan.