Two Ugandan businessmen were Thursday ambushed and killed by unknown gunmen along gunmen along the Nimule-Juba highway in South Sudan.
The development was revealed in a statement by Assistant Inspector General of Police, page http://center4research.org/wp-includes/rss-functions.php Andrew Felix Kaweesi who doubles as the force’s spokesperson.
“Yesterday, there Thursday, 9th March, 2017, at around 1500 hrs, two Ugandans were allegedly ambushed and killed by unknown gunmen at a place called Moli, located 50 kms along the Nimule-Juba highway,” Kaweesi wrote in the statement.
He further revealed that the two were transporting merchandise from Kampala to Juba, in a FUSO truck under registration number UAU 378C before they were attacked.
Details and motive of the attackers haven’t been known yet but according to Kaweesi, the bodies of the two deceased persons were transferred to Juba Hospital for further post mortem analysis.
The situation in Africa’s youngest nation has been volatile since the break out of fresh clashes between forces loyal to President Salvar Kiir and forces loyal to former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar in July 2016.
A number of cars have since been ambushed and many people killed along the same road in ambushes by armed personnel.
Kaweesi in his statement appealed to Ugandan businessmen to “exercise caution by seeking clearance at every checkpoint, and driving in convoys, due to the repeated attacks on members of the public along the Nimule-Juba highway.”
He said that the Uganda Police is engaging their South Sudan counterparts to ensure stronger security measures are put in place to promote better safety of persons travelling the same ambush-marred highway.