Five Ugandans have been confirmed dead following an ambush along Juba – Nimule road.BOR, SOUTH SUDAN – FEBRUARY 27: South Sudan Liberation Army (SPLA) forces patrol on the streets in Bor,the capital of the eastern state of Jonglei on February 27, 2014. South Sudanese people fled to the refugee camp in Bor due to the ongoing clashes between security forces and opposition groups of Riek Machar try to survive under difficult life conditions. Thousands of people died and more than 800,000 are displaced because of the conflicts in the country. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A total of fifteen people were killed and more than 30 sustained injuries when attackers ambushed five vehicles between Moli and Keripi, some 55 kilometers to Nimule border town last evening.
The area in the Eastern Equatoria state is situated 140 kilometers from the capital Juba.
Police says among the deceased, five are Ugandans from Koboko district in West Nile region who have been identified as John Nigo, Charles Yeka, Rev. Yona Gboro, John Paru Loja and their driver James Aliker.
Aswa River Police Spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema says the five were traveling to Juba for a wedding when their vehicle a Premio registration number SSD 393B came under heavy gunfire. The convoy was escorted by members of a joint army and police force that guard convoys traveling in the dangerous region.
A South Sudan military patrol car escorting the travelers was burnt after the attack.
The attackers, according to Brigadier Daniel Justin, the police spokesman in South Sudan, overpowered the military escort, resulting in the death of three government soldiers while three others were wounded as they escorted buses, but the attackers fled when security escort attempted to return fire.