Unknown assailants attacked a cattle camp in Central Equatoria's Jebel Ladu area, roughly 37 km (22 miles) from the capital Juba, on Friday morning, October 9, killing at least three people and wounding six others. The attack occurred at around 09:00 (local time) on Friday, and reports indicate that the attackers may have come from Terekeka county.
The attack comes a few days after gunmen shot dead the son of former Central Equatoria state governor Clement Wani Konga near Jebel Ladu while driving to Terekeka.
Further clashes are possible in the area over the near term. A heightened security presence is to be anticipated in the region in the medium term.
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.
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