The government of South Sudan has said that the attackers who ambushed people on the Juba – Nimule Road and Juba – Yei Road are dissidents.
In a press statement Wednesday, Information Minister Michael Makuei, said the attackers were not forces of SPLM – IO as earlier reported.
At least 127 people were killed in an attack on four lorries ferrying people from Yei to Juba last week.
“The TGoNU would to inform the people of South Sudan and the general public that those who are doing these targeted killings are not IO forces but dissidents of renegade Riek Machar using terrorist tactics to terrorize the civil population.”
He added: “They are terrorists and the government will deal with them decisively.”
The government went on to condemn the targeted killings in the strongest terms possible and assured the people of South Sudan that necessary actions will be taken against those committing crimes.
Makuei threatened to take measures against communities if they are suspected to be supporting rebels.
“Instead of moving forces into those areas it is better that they are flushed out or reported to the government,” Makuei is quoted by Tamazuj as saying.
Last week, an incident took place in Juba-Kajo-Keji road in which 11 people killed, another incident took place Juba-Yei road in which 21 were killed, another incident took place in Juba-Nimula road in which one person was killed and the incident that took place between Torit and Lafon County in which the commissioner of Lafon county was injured and the executive director was killed.
Makuei said Riek Machar has decided to transfer the war from upper Nile to the Equatoria and especially to the Western Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria and Central Equatoria. This is where all this incidents are happening.
“I am appealing to the communities that are harboring these terrorists to refrain from harboring them. Any community, anybody who is harboring a rebel or terrorists, is advised to refrain from that,” he is quoted by Radio Tamazuj as saying.
“I am saying that because we don’t want the government to go in search of these terrorists within the communities, because in the course of searching them in the communities, definitely, that may in a way or other may cause inconvenience to some of the people,” Makuei warned.
Makuei said that the government has conveyed its condolence to the family of the victims.
He reiterated that the government will apprehend all those who are targeting and killing people along the highways.