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BREAKING: Gunfire in Juba as armed military officer runs amok

Juba, South Sudan,

July 05, 2021 – The residents of Juba in the area of Hai Malakal were sent panicking after a military officer randomly fired live bullets in response to an arrest warrant brought by the police.

BREAKING: Gunfire in Juba as armed military officer runs amok
An armed military officer stands with a machine (photo credit: Ethical Journalism Network)

The officer whose name cannot be disclosed belongs to the Military Intelligence unit and resisted any attempt to arrest him.

The reason for the arrest was not made public but sources familiar with the incident say the officer, who recently came out of jail, was heavily indebted.

When he stepped out of the cell he was greeted by one of the people to whom he owes some money. The officer did not have the money to pay and this prompted the owner of the money to apply for an arrest warrant.

The attempt flopped as the frustrated military intelligence officer fiercely rejected the approach and fired live bullets in the air to scare the police.

Both the police and army spokespersons could not immediately comment on the incident. South Sudan People Defense Forces Director of Media and Press Maj. Gen. Lul Koang Ruai told Nyamilepdia that the police was the right section to be contacted.

After clarifying that the police referred all queries to the army, Lul said “Let me get in touch with [the] Ops Department”.

The military officer in question pledged allegiance to Kerubino Kuanyin Bol, a former liberation stalwart. The claim was dismissed outright by the family members of the war veteran.

 

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