Gunmen strike Bentiu, Juba leaving several dead 


Several people are reported dead in grenade attacks and raids by gunmen in South Sudan.

National Courier quotes UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon’s Spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric who in a daily briefing in New York said that “shots were fired last [Sunday] evening by unknown gunmen attempting to attack soldiers of Sudan People’s Liberation Army [SPLA] located in a close proximity to the UN base”.

Stéphane added that, “as a result 10 civilians were injured. UN peacekeepers immediately responded to the incident causing the assailants to flee. The wounded are receiving medical attention”.

Over the weekend, the capital Juba was rocked by another violent incident when an assailant lobbed a grenade at a group of people partying at Mangaten a suburb of Juba.

Sources at Juba Teaching Hospital told the National Courier that at least one person has been confirmed dead and 10 others have been admitted with shrapnel injuries.

The attack follows an incident on Saturday when a gunman opened fire and killed 11 people watching an English Premier League game.

The attackers in both incidences have not been apprehended.

In a parallel incident, a young mother and two men were killed in a road ambush on their way to Juba from Magwi.

The woman’s baby survived unharmed but the driver and his assistant are in Juba Teaching Hospital to treat gunshot injuries.

The Lorry which was loaded with maize and sweet potatoes destined for Juba markets was intercepted by armed men yesterday morning in Jebelein, some 120km from Juba.

The police said they were investigating.

National Courier

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