South Sudan

Kiir’s security officers shot dead in ambush


At least two officers attached to South Sudan President Salva Kiir’s national security were killed in an ambush by unidentified gunmen along the Juba-Nimule in Imatong State on Wednesday.

Hillary Roberto, Oponi County Commissioner in Jubek State, said in a press statement that two members of national security service were ambushed by suspected criminals along the Juba-Nimule road.

On Tuesday, gunmen opened fire on a commercial vehicle at Loa area near Pageri town, according to Radio Tamazuj.

This comes only days after Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said he found peace in the capital Juba on his visit to the country.

Addressing press after meeting Kenyatta, Kiir said there was no need to go back to war for deposing former first deputy president, Riek Machar.

Kiir said the implementation of peace will be the first priority of transitional government of national unity having secured assurance from his current deputy Taban Deng Gai and his group.

“Peace is the only alternative to war. There is no reason to fight senseless war. If it is power the people who are after it should allow the people to decide who they want. It is not up to some people to say they want to be the leaders. Let the people decide themselves,” he said.

US government threatens sanctions
Meanwhile, the United States has threatened to sanction individuals involved in the recruitment of child soldiers after a UNICEF report implicated government officials in the practice.

US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said that the US is “profoundly alarmed” at the UNICEF report, which says that government and opposition forces continued recruiting after the July 7th violence in the capital of Juba.

“The continued unlawful recruitment and use of children in armed conflict in South Sudan is unacceptable. Eliminating the unlawful recruitment and use of child soldiers for armed groups in South Sudan is a leading priority of the United States,” Kirby said in a statement.

According to UNICEF, at least 650 children have been recruited into armed groups this year alone, and around 16,000 have been recruited since South Sudan’s civil war began in December 2013.
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