South Sudan VP’s bodyguard kills colleague, injures others, commits suicide

South Sudan’s Vice President in-charge of Economic Cluster, James Wani Igga. (Image: Radio Tamazuj)

One of the bodyguards assigned to protect one of the homes of South Sudan’s Vice President in-charge of Economic Cluster, James Wani Igga, on Friday morning shot his colleagues before turning the gun on himself.

Two soldiers are reported to have died while two others sustained bullet wounds.

Mr Nelson Leju Disiderio, the Deputy Press Secretary in Mr Wani’s office, told Radio Tamazuj that Private Kerbino Akok Garang was drunk at the time he shot his colleagues.

“The information is true. There is a private soldier called Kerbino Akok Garang who came to the residence of the Vice President early in the morning and started shooting at his colleagues. He was not a bodyguard but he was just assigned to another residence of the vice president somewhere. He came to the residence of Vice President Wani from Gumbo-Sherikat. He shot one person who died on the spot and injured two others and then shot himself dead,” Mr Leju said.

The Press Secretary said the soldier who attacked his colleagues resided elsewhere and that the forces on the ground restored calm shortly after the shooting.

Mr Leju blamed the incident on intoxication saying the soldier drank alcohol very early in the morning.


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