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SECURITY Situation is calm except communal fights

Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai

By Martha David

Security organs in the country have described the security situation in South Sudan as clam despite the sporadic night gunshots.

Speaking to Juba Monitor on phone, the police spokesperson Maj. Gen. Daniel Justin said the security situation was generally calm within the country and there was nothing much.

When asked about the daily night gunshots in Juba, Justin said the gunshots often happen when the police clashes with the criminals during patrol at night as they chase them away.

He added that on Sunday, a foreigner living at Nyakuron residential area was shot by criminals but the police managed to reach to the scene and rescued the victim.

“As police, we are deploying our forces at all points in Juba to make sure the security is calm,” Justin said. Adding that, “The police are in coordination with community policing to get more information on any criminal activities happening within the neighborhood.”

However, there has been ongoing inter-communal revenge attacks between groups of armed youth from Jonglei State and Pibor Administrative Areas where several lives were said to have been lost and people displaced. Last week there have been reports of attacks in Kaya and the defunct states of Yei River, Kapoeta and Tambura respectively.  

South Sudan People’s Defense Force spokesperson, Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai said the security in the country was calm except the inter-communal fighting that causes insecurity in the country, attributing it to the present arms in the hands of the civilians.

He said the issue of inter-communal fighting was something that needs a long term solution that includes civilians’ disarmament and deployment of unified forces in the country.

“The issues happening within the country is mainly the cattle raiding and inter-communal clashes that mostly happen in Greater Jonglei and Pibor. It is all about cattle raiding,” he said.

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