Two wounded by gunmen in Unity State
By Chany Ninrew
Authorities in Leer County of Unity State said that two people are nursing gunshot wounds after armed youth attacked a remote border village on Friday.
In a phone interview with Juba Monitor, John Kueth Chuol who is the government official in the area alleged that some elements from the neighboring youth had obtained a letter from Koch caretaker commissioner, authorizing them to search for their lost cattle before attacking villagers in Lual.
“On the 13th of this month, Tariir an armed youth group had gone and attacked a village called Lual in the Northern part of Leer County, they left a cattle camp with a letter of permission from Koch Commissioner to allow them search for their lost cattle,” Kueth said.
He narrated that after an investigation, it was found that those who had gone to request for the letter were 7 young men, but after the commissioner gave them permission to go and search for their lost cows, they went with a huge number of 160 armed youth and attacked villagers leaving two people wounded.
“We asked the commissioner in a phone call and he said that it’s true that 7 young men had gone to seek an authorization letter from him, but he thought that they were searching within the territories of Koch County, so we concluded that the youth acted on their own,” he added.
Kueth also said they were assured that those who had gone to seek a letter are known and must be investigated about why they went far and attacked innocent people.
The incident is the first of its kind after a long prevailing peace and improved security in the area. Several efforts to reach the authorities of Koch proved unsuccessful by press time.