South Sudan

SPLA soldier shoots 5 mates, inflates Rumbek death toll


SPLA soldiers sit on a vehicle as they patrol,

A soldier shot dead five of his colleagues and himself on the country’s 4th independence anniversary in Rumbek, Lakes State.

According to National Courier, the soldier identified as Mathiang Agany shot and killed his colleagues; Joseph Ariech, Aleu Aleu, Wol Mayuol, Nasir Ahmed and Atem Ghoch at about 5 pm.

The deceased also wounded three people, including a small child.

Gabriel Gai Bol, an SPLA officer in charge of the Military Hospital in Rumbek, said,”the reason of the incident is not clear exactly but I heard it was connected with money borrowed from a woman but not fully verified.”

However, the Acting Minister of Information, Jok Ayom, says the incident happened after a misunderstanding between the soldiers.

The minister added that the cause of their misunderstanding remains unknown.

The bodies of the deceased were taken to Rumbek’s town military barracks on Thursday.

One of the relatives of the deceased condemned the incident saying that the SPLA must take the full responsibility of compensating the families of the deceased.

Sectional fighting left 9 dead and dozens wounded

At least 9 people have been killed and 12 others wounded in a fighting that broke out between two sections of Panyon and Dhiei in Rumbek, Jok Ayom, Acting information Minister has said.

Ayom said the fighting was triggered by a revenge attack, adding that no culprits have been apprehended in connection to the violence.

Fighting between Dhiei and Panyon sections broke out yesterday in between Tit-Makoiagot and Cueicok.

12 more deaths reported in Upper Nile

Meanwhile, a dozen patients have died and dozens more wounded are without care in a South Sudanese hospital after fighting forced medics to flee, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Friday.

At least 12 patients have died, while at least 40 wounded or sick are in need of help in the hospital at Kodok in the war-torn northern state of Upper Nile, ICRC aid worker Konrad Bark, said.

The ICRC team of five medics – who normally provide up to 700 consultations a week – left after the fighting on July 5 and are now in the capital Juba until security improves.

In November 2014, the International Crisis Group think tank, reports AFP, estimated that as many as 50 000 had died, but killing has continued unabated in the meantime, while hunger and disease have added even more to the toll.

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