South Sudan says has deployed heavily along Juba-Nimule highway in response to the rampant insecurity and unrest in the area.
Unknown gunmen believed to be allied to embattled opposition leader Riek Machar attacked and killed two security officers injuring several.
South Sudan Police spokesperson, Brigadier General Daniel Justin Boulo said the country is on mission to track the gunmen.
“The army will help track down the bandits so that law and order is restored immediately,” said Boulo.
Security officers who survived the assault claimed that the attackers were not ordinary criminals because they used sophisticated weapons such as anti-personnel bombs and rocket-propelled grenades in the attack, Sudan Tribune Reported
South Sudan President Salva Kiir together his two deputies chaired a National Security Council meeting on Thursday in which they reportedly took the decision to deploy heavily along the highway.
“Everything will be done to ensure the culprits are apprehended and dealt with in accordance with the law,” police spokesman told reporters on Thursday.
The council also said it wanted “peace, reconciliation and disarmament exercises” to be carried out in the affected areas.
Hundreds of people have been fleeing the remote area fearing revenge attacks. The two national security officers were killed in an ambush in Jebelain area, a remote valley where people from ethnic Madi community live in separate villages.
However, a member of South Sudan parliament told Sudan Tribune that people in the area are fleeing for fear of wrath from security operatives since the attackers have disappeared.
“The information we are getting now is worrying. The area could be devastated. The security forces are annoyed and they will turn this anger on innocent civilians. Because of this the civilians have now started fleeing their homes. Some have started coming to Juba and others have started going towards the Uganda-South Sudan borders,” the said
Police spokesman denied the force will target civilians but warned that in future the police will defend themselves from gunmen.
He also called on the civil population to cooperate with the security forces and provide them with necessary information.
Credit: Sudan Tribune