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14 Jul 2020 | 10:13 AM UTC

South Sudan: Four killed in prison riot in Wau (Western Bahr el Ghazal state) July 13

South Sudan News Alert

Four killed in prison riot in Wau (Western Bahr el Ghazal state) on July 13; heightened security reported

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/14/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/16/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Juba). COUNTRY/REGION Wau (Western Bahr el Ghazal state)


At least two inmates and two security officers were killed during a riot at the Wau Central Prison (Western Bahr el Ghazal state) on Monday, July 13. The violence was reportedly linked to a mass prison break during which some inmates had disarmed prisoned guards and used their weapons to attempt an escape. Police have stated that 15 prisoners have been rearrested; however, ten others remain at large. Increased security has been implemented in areas of Wau where authorities believe fugitives may be hiding.


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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