South Sudan

Brig Kyanda visits soldiers shot in S.Sudan ambush 


The soldiers are being treated at Gulu hospital

The UPDF Chief of Staff Land Forces Brig Leopold Kyanda has visited soldiers injured in South Sudan.

The three soldiers being treated at Gulu hospital were hurt on Thursday when two battalions of heavily armed UPDF soldiers commanded by the Gulu 4th Division infantry Commander, Brig Kayanja Muhanga, was attacked in an ambush in South Sudan.

The soldiers left Elegu border in Atiak Sub-county Amuru District into South Sudan in a convoy of about 40 army and police trucks.

They entered into an ambush later in the afternoon at Moli village in Magwi county, Eastern Equatorial state after unknown gunmen shot at one of the trucks injuring three soldiers, according to army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda.

Ankunda has not yet named the injured soldiers.


Brig Kyanda visiting the soldiers

The journey was delayed for more than 40 minutes as a team of UPDF went on to assess the situation.

The convoy thus spent a night at Nisitu Barracks in Nisitu Town before proceeding to Gumbo Market on Friday.

The army later brought home over 3,000 Ugandan traders.

The UPDF rescue mission follows the fights that erupted between soldiers loyal to president Salva Kiir and his first vice president, Dr Riek Machar last week.

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