Two people killed in an ambush in Yei River County

By James Atem Kuir

An attack on a passenger transport in Sanja city Lutaya, an area three miles south of Yei town killed two people and left another five wounded at around 9am Tuesday morning.

The land cruiser taxi was reportedly heading to Mbasi, a trading Centre which hosts public sale on Tuesdays when unknown gunmen spread the vehicle with bullets killing two men and wounding the driver and 4 other passengers.

“Yesterday (Tuesday), a public taxi was leaving Yei for Mbasi but shortly felt into an ambush just three miles away from Yei town, killing two people leaving five people wounded. The names of victims were Emma Lemi Katias and Ezra Amunde Simon,” Maj. Gen. Lujang Kamba, the Police commissioner of the defunct Yei River State.

Gen. Kamba said the five people wounded in the Tuesday’s attack were receiving treatment at Yei Civil Hospital. He added that movements in and out of Yei town has resumed following the incident.

The police Commissioner said the gunmen have not been identified but alleged the attack was carried out by forces loyal to National Salvation Front (NAS), citing several previous assaults having been executed by the rebel movement.

“We are pointing hands at the National Salvation Front because some days their commander announced they do not want civilians to move outside Yei town,” Gen. Kamba said.

He reported that last week, a Humanitarian convoy which was carrying relief items for the Internally Displaced Persons [IDPs] was attacked on Juba-Yei road. The attackers reportedly looted and burnt down the vehicles.

Several attacks purportedly by NAS have been increasing despite the 15th January, 2020 truce (Rome Declaration) in last few months in Central Equatoria State.

Last month, an assault claimed by NAS on the body guards of the Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga killed six of his guards and left to others injured.   

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