South Sudan road ambush kills three days after rebels’ warning to attack Juba

Juba-Nimule high-way (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

May 12, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – A road ambush in South Sudan’s central Equatoria state where the capital Juba is located has killed at least three people, a day after rebel forces warned civilians to be cautions as it was planning to attack the capital.

Officials in the country’s Yei, a county within Central Equatoria state, said the attack took place on Wednesday morning three miles away from the town centre and just along the road to the capital Juba.

“There was a road ambush today in the morning. Three people were killed and five others were wounded. That attack was outside at the road that leads to Juba,” one official said on condition of anonymity.

Another official who also refused to be named told the Nyamilepedia from Juba that the patients who wounded were being treated at a hospital in Yei saying some of them were in a critical condition and may be evacuated to Juba for further medical attention.

“All the five patients are in a critical condition and are being treated at Yei hospital. If things don’t go well, we will evacuate some of them to Juba,” the official said.

The fatal ambush came a few days after National Salvation Front (NAS), a holdout opposition group led by former SPLA deputy chief of staff, General Thomas Cirilo, threatened to take on the South Sudan army in a hope to capture Juba.

The threats of attack on Juba came to be real when documents of the NAS came to light on Tuesday asking supporters in the diaspora to hold fundraisings to support those activities accusing the army of killing civilians.