South Sudan rebels claim deadly highway attack

14 people including 2 soldiers died in Thursday's ambush

South Sudan rebels claim deadly highway attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

Rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar said on Friday it carried out Thursday's ambush near the capital that killed 14 people -- including 2 soldiers -- and injured scores of others.

Vehicles carrying civilians and military escorts came under attack on Juba-Nimule road in Moli, 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the capital, Juba.

“SPLA-IO takes the responsibility for the ambush; this is our response to the constant attacks on our bases and false claims that we are joining a national dialogue,” the rebels spokesman, Lam Paul Gabriel, said in a statement.

He said they were targeting government troops, who were escorting civilians’ vehicles.

“SPLA-IO regrets the loss of civilians’ lives,” he added.

South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, has been blighted by over three years of civil war ignited by a brutal power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Machar in 2013.

Similar attacks in the country’s northeastern Jonglei state claimed more than 30 lives last month.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Haziran 2017, 15:12