South Sudan

S.Sudan gunmen attack buses, abduct Ugandans


One of the buses was burnt

South Sudan gunmen have attacked three Ugandan buses Monday along the Juba-Nimule Highway.

The buses belonging to Echo Bus, Gateway and Friendship Bus Companies were traveling from Juba when they were attacked 50km from Juba near Jebellein in Eastern Equatoria state, according to National Courier.

One bus was burnt, and two others were stopped and looted.

It is not yet clear whether any passengers were injured in the burnt bus but some of the passengers have been kidnapped by the suspected rebel gunmen.

Major Caesar Olweny, the UPDF Fourth Division Spokesperson, told KFM radio that the incident happended 120 kilometers from the Ugandan border side of Elegu in Amuru District.

Maj Olweny said some of the passengers who survived were escorted by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army to Ugandan border side aboard Friendship and Gateway Buses.

This is the second time Friendship and Eco buses are being attacked by South Sudan gunmen.

A month ago, one of the buses was ambushed at Moli and Kerepi in Magwi county killing one person and injuring two others.

Gunmen also ambushed an Eco Bus which was traveling from Juba to Kampala at Lor hill on Nimule-Juba Highway and relieved passengers of their property.

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