South Sudan: 9 killed in attack on bus convoy
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- Bus attack, South Sudan, South Sudan conflict, South Sudan peace process
- Aaron Brooks
Nine people have died in South Sudan after two buses travelling from Juba to Nimule were attacked on Wednesday.
Seven civilians were killed in the attack while two soldiers also lost their lives in the incident. The attack on Wednesday is the fifth of its kind this year along the 200-kilometre road between Nimule and the capital.
Convoy attacked along highway
The Nimule highway connects import-dependent South Sudan with neighbouring Uganda, but the stretch of road is a common target for attacks. According to police, Wednesday’s attack occurred around 54 km from the Ugandan border, where two buses were travelling in a convoy.
None of South Sudan’s armed groups have claimed responsibility for the attack. A spokesperson for the country’s main armed opposition groups claimed to be unaware of the attack when questioned by reporters.
“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
Army spokesperson, Lul Ruai Koang, said the attackers hit the civilian convoy as it was being escorted by military along the Nimule highway. Two of the attackers were killed during a fire exchange with military officers, according to Koang.
Wednesday’s attack is the latest in a series of similar ambushes along the road between Nimule and Juba. This is the fifth attack of its kind this year, killing dozens of people in war-torn South Sudan.
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