14 killed in South Sudan highway ambush

14 killed in South Sudan highway ambush

At least 14 people were killed and 35 others wounded Thursday when gunmen ambushed buses and other vehicles on a major highway in the restive East African nation.

Officials say a convoy, which was guarded by armed government soldiers was among those that were targeted by the gunmen in Moli, 85 miles from the capital, Juba.

“At around 11 am, the convoy of buses and other vehicles coming from Nimule heading to Juba fell into an ambush near Moli village,” said Brigadier-General Daniel Justin Boulogne.

“The shooting happened at the first car of our organized force. The attackers opened fire on them and four vehicles were burned. We have confirmed 14 people were shot and 35 others wounded.”

Attackers fled after facing stiff resistance.

South Sudan slipped into civil war just after getting independence from the Arab-dominated north. Efforts by the U.S. and other Western powers for a peace deal is struggling not to drown.

More than three million have been forced out of their homes and the United Nations warned of the threat of genocide and rape. Hunger is also ravaging the country.

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