An SPLA-IO officer who was working in military intelligence was shot dead on Saturday in the Kator residential area of South Sudan’s capital Juba, reports Radio Tamazuj.
The victim identified as Lt. Colonel George Gismala was reportedly killed by government security personnel, according to opposition.
The killing led to a rise in tensions within some security forces yesterday evening in Juba.
The shooting itself was reportedly witnessed by people in the neighbourhood, who said he died on the spot, but the body of the victim has not yet been found because it was taken away.
SPLA-IO is one of two armed groups allowed by South Sudan’s peace agreement to bear arms during the transitional period.
The group is part of the Transitional Government of National Unity led by President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar.
Two farmers killed by unknown gunmen in Aweil East
Meanwhile, at least two local farmers have been killed and one other wounded by unknown gunmen at Machar Akoon village under Majok Yithiou Municipality in Northern Bahr el Ghazal.
The incident took place on Thursday. This comes a month after one person from the Missiriya tribe was killed at the same place in May and his tribesmen demanded blood compensation which resulted to the postponement a post-migration conference in May.
A member of Aweil East State parliament Hon. Santino Deng Deng Maluil confirmed the incident to Radio Tamazuj and said that the victims are from Akon village in Gogrial state and relatives of Major Yithiou town Mayor Yel Deng Nguel.
Meanwhile, the Dinka Malual, Rizeigat and Misseriya communities’ peace coordinator Sylvester Dut Aluk alleged that the culprits were elements within the Misseriya tribe who are not happy with the peace agreement.
One killed, one injured in robbery along Yei-Juba road
A road attack along the Yei-Juba road between Yei and Lainya counties on Friday left one passenger dead and one other injured, the minister of information for Yei River State confirmed.
Steven Ladu said a passenger vehicle for Eden Transport Company left Yei for Juba on Friday morning at 7:15 before a group of men stopped the car, shooting one person dead and injuring one.
He said the incident happened after a river called Koya before reaching Lainya County.
At this river a group of people came and stopped the vehicle.
When they stopped the vehicle they came out with all guns then people ran away from the car so they shot one person dead and looted the vehicle, he explained.
The minister added that the rest of the people dispersed to the bushes then two went missing but later on in the evening they were found alive with one having minor injuries. All are now in Yei.