Five people among them two Kenyan truck drivers have been killed in an ambush in South Sudan.
The incident happened along the Juba-Nimule highway yesterday morning. According to Eye Radio, the truck drivers encountered the gunmen shortly after leaving Obama village at 6am.
“We were going to Nimule and we had just left Obama…. then our car was shot close to where de-mining is taking place,” Medelina Nyoka one of the passengers in the ill-fated trucks is quoted as saying. “They shot the driver and my sister Sunday. She was shot on the chest.”
Confirming the incident, Col James Dak, deputy spokesperson of South Sudan National Police Service, said he had dispatched a team to the scene. It was no immediately clear whether the trucks were set on fire by the bandits.
Kenya Truck Drivers Association chairman David Kerote said two of the three trucks were ferrying fuel, while the other was carrying general merchandise.
Two of the drivers were charred in the inferno, while two were missing. “We can’t tell whether those who went missing have died or are in hiding. I have informed the Kenyan government about the incident and I appeal for investigation into the occurrence,” Mr Kerote is quoted by the Nation as saying.
Some of the wounded were rushed to Nimule hospital.