AMBUSH, several feared dead on Bor-Juba Road
By Jale Richard
Three people died in an attack on a passenger vehicle along Juba-Bor Road. Several others were wounded in the incident.
Deng Garang, the Chairperson of Drivers Union in Bor confirmed the incident saying the vehicle was on its way to Juba when it came under heavy attack by unknown gunmen.
The attack happened at about 10 am yesterday at a place known as Malith’thor between Jonglei and Terekeka State.
Other sources told Juba Monitor that 13 people were onboard the commercial vehicle enroute to Juba.
Garang said several people were still unaccounted for after they fled into the surrounding bushes. This raised fears they might have been abducted.
Details and identities of the casualties remained scanty by evening.
Dr. Samuel Majur, the Director of Bor State Hospital, confirmed the incident.
“We are waiting for the wounded to be brought to the hospital. We do not know the number yet, but we heard that two have passed away,” Majur told Juba Monitor on phone.
However, our reporter in Bor said local authorities had indicated that at least three people had been confirmed dead and three others were on critical conditions at the state hospital.
He said the dead include the driver and two passengers.
However, Juba Monitor contacted South Sudan Police Service Spokesperson Major General Daniel Justine at 17.58pm and he said he had only received scanty information about the incident.
“I still don’t have accurate information but we are waiting for more details this evening, just give me 30 minutes and I will call you if I have any fresh information,” Maj. Gen Justine said.
However by 6.30pm, our press time, he had not raised us.
Previously, military and police have blamed such attacks on armed criminal gangs on the highways.