Gunmen raid Yei army barracks, one hurt


Fighting broke out Saturday morning in Otogo Payam of Yei River County in Central Equatoria state, leaving one soldier wounded.

Steven Ladu, information minister for the proposed Yei River State, told Radio Tamazuj the violence occurred in Obmasi Kakwa Boma while another source said there was fighting in Mugo area too.

“Some people came this morning and attacked the military barracks but they were repulsed and there is no serious damage done but one soldier was wounded,” Ladu said.

He said many civilians fled amid the fighting, and security organs visited the site today for about four hours patrolling the area with the chiefs to try to convince villagers to return to their homes.

Ladu said since the incident the situation has been normal.

Separately, the minister said roads to South Sudan’s capital Juba from Yei will be closed due to the fighting which took place Thursday and Friday in Juba.

He said citizens have been ordered not to travel to the capital until the situation is normal.

On the same morning, gunfire broke out around dawn in Magwi in Eastern Equatoria in the police and prisons area.

Late Friday night, sporadic shootings continued in pockets of areas around Jebel and Gurei in the capital Juba.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir, first vice president Riek Machar, and vice president Wani Igga stood together and spoke while gunfire echoed outside the presidential palace in the capital Juba.

Heavy gunfire including artillery fire was heard around the presidential compound as SPLA battle tanks were seen moving around the compound.

More heavy gunfire was exchanged at Juba Bridge around Gumbo area, spreading toward Cherikat, causing citizens to flee.

Gunfire was also heard from Hai Amarat, Tongpiny, and Jebel neighbourhoods.

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