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22 Jun 2020 | 12:02 AM UTC

South Sudan: Murle gunmen carry out attack in Bor county (Jonglei state) June 17

South Sudan News Alert

Ten killed in attack by Murle gunmen Bor county (Jonglei state) on June 17; further violence possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/22/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/24/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Juba). COUNTRY/REGION Bor county (Jonglei state), Jongeli state

Event

On Wednesday, June 17, gunmen from the Murle ethnic group launched an attack in Bor county (Jonglei state), killing ten people and wounding ten others. The attack reportedly took place at Pamom cattle camp and the attackers made away with over 1000 cattle.

Further attacks are possible in the area over the near term.

Context

South Sudan has been wracked by years of political, interethnic, and intercommunal violence - exacerbated by border and oil revenue disputes with Sudan. President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar signed an initial peace agreement in September 2018, following a series of negotiations. The unity government was only agreed on February 22, 2020.

Advice

Due to the high threat of intercommunal conflict and violent crime, all travel to South Sudan should be subject to a thorough localized threat assessment and undertaken in coordination with a trusted security provider. Members are advised to subject all travel, particularly to remote and rural areas, to strict journey management protocols. Avoid travel at night, vary routines and maintain a heightened sense of situational awareness. Monitor local media sources to remain apprised of security-related developments and adhere to any directives issued by local authorities. 

 

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