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Five killed, 13 others injured in S. Sudan highway ambush

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August 2, 2017 (JUBA) – Five people were killed and 13 others injured in an ambush that took place along South Sudan’s major highway connecting it to neighbouring Uganda, officials said on Wednesday.

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General view of Juba Nimule road leading to Nimule Park and neighbouring Uganda (Pinterest photo)

The police spokesperson, Daniel Justin said the incident occurred about 54 kilometers from Uganda’s border with South Sudan.

The usually busy highway is the economic lifeline for South Sudan, which imports almost everything from neighbouring nations.

No group has, however, claimed responsibility for the deadly attack often blamed on the armed opposition troops and its allied forces.

The spokesperson for the armed opposition faction loyal to former First Vice-President, Riek Machar said he was unaware of the attack.

“There were no any SPLA IO soldiers sent to attack public transport buses on the Nimule- Juba highway, so we are not responsible for today’s road ambush,” Paul Lam Gabriel told Radio Tarmajuz.

The attackers, according to the army spokesman Lul Ruai Koang hit civilian convoy escorted by the military on the Juba-Nimule highway.

Two of the gunmen, he said, died during fire exchange with military officers.

Wednesday’s attack is the latest in the series of similar ambushes on the 192-km highway that connects the South Sudan capital, Juba with neighbouring Uganda and the East Africa region in general.

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  • 3 August 08:20, by Kush Natives

    Those attackers are an IO, no doubt! Who would they be then, if not an IO bandits? Their stupidity went beyond an imagination, why would they always attacked innocent civilians? Why not attack the army forces garrison? Coward!

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    • 3 August 10:05, by Eastern

      Civilians allowing SPLA to embed themselves among them are risking their lives.WARNING: No civilians should move in an armed convoy. Case closed!!

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      • 3 August 15:05, by South South

        Eastern,

        Shut up!!!! You have not fought any war in South Sudan. Civilians are Civilians. Do not cry when that happen to your family.

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        • 3 August 17:20, by jubaone

          South South,
          MTN cowards have embedded themselves among civilians and try to sneak but intelligent sources know when and where to get them. The jienge can’t hide even if he tries to look like an Equatorian. A hyena can’t just think and look like a house dog. No. MTN hunting season now.

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  • 4 August 03:37, by Man of The Man

    Jubaone, you can celebrate for now for the innocence civilians’ lives we have lost on public roads, but make sure your turn isn’t that far away as you may think.Look how shallow minded you are. When you related MTN cowards to hyena not being looked like a house dog, do you think really a dog would one day invade and occupy hyena’s territory?

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    • 4 August 15:16, by jubaone

      Man of the men?
      Civilians have been warned time and again to refrain from using travel means that are embedded with anyors and those who defy this warning take serious risks. These jienge cowards must be hunted down by any means possible and there’s no relenting.

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  • 4 August 18:18, by Man of The Man

    Jubaone you and your groups are cowards number 1 no doubt about it. Civilians have tried to use commercial vehicles and still Jienge are figured out and killed deliberately. Never lie of baseless warnings. I have just realized that you graduated from Joseph Kony’s military college, but mind you butchering Jienge civilians will not earn you extra mile to victory.

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