Over 20 killed in South Sudan Jur River attack

Credit: Radio Tamazuj

More than 20 people, including high-ranking police, army, and national security officers, were killed in a fresh attack on Monday morning in Tharkueng Payam of Jur River County in Western Bahr el Ghazal State.

Shops and grass-thatched houses were also burnt in the 3 a.m. attack allegedly carried out by armed youth from the neighboring Apuk section of Warrap State.

According to the Western Bahr el Ghazal State acting police commissioner, Major General Simon Yasi who visited the attack scene this morning with senior state officials led by Acting Governor Arkangelo Anyar Anyar, the attackers targeted a police station where soldiers were sheltering.

For his part, Acting Governor Anyar condemned the killings and urged the Warrap State government to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators.

He described the attack as a violation of last month’s presidential order which urged the warring communities in Warrap and Western Bahr el Ghazal states to stop fighting.

When contacted, Warrap State Information Minister William Wol Mayom Bol confirmed the incident and said local officials are currently investigating the matter.

Wol said seven people from Warrap, including a woman, were killed during the attack and that other people fled to the bushes.

The border area of Warrap and Western Bahr el Ghazal states has witnessed cyclic violence which has claimed over 100 lives since last year.


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