UN South Sudan Mission condemns killing of civilians in roadside ambush

27 January 2015

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has strongly condemned the killing of eleven civilians, five of them journalists, in a roadside ambush on Sunday.

A press release issued today by the Mission says that unidentified gunmen reportedly opened fire on a two-car convoy, travelling to Raja from Western Bahr El Ghazal State. The County Commissioner of Raja, James Benjamin, was travelling in the convoy, along with a team of local journalists.

The vehicle was attacked in the country's western region between Sepo and Magaya, according to UNMISS, in the second such roadside ambush to occur in the last two weeks.

The Mission calls upon local, state and national authorities to investigate the incident and bring those responsible to justice.

 

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