Juba Orders Civilians To Avoid Traveling on The Juba-Torit Road As
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Torit, South Sudan
[image: Forces of SPLA in Opposition posting for a picture after assembly
in undisclose location in Western Equatoria(Photo: file)]
Forces of SPLA in Opposition posting for a picture after assembly in
undisclose location in Western Equatoria(Photo: file)
*Sept 20, 2016(Nyamilepedia)* —- Latest police reports from Torit, South
Sudan, indicate that armed men, believed to members of SPLA in Opposition
continue to conduct unauthorized patrols and ambushes on Juba-Torit roads.
According to police authorities from Torit, “armed men hijacked a taxi
Hiace” travelling on its way from Torit to Juba on Monday afternoon.
Speaking to Nyamilepedia press yesterday morning, Justine Kilopas, the
Torit Acting police Chief Inspector said that “armed robber have taken
along one passenger plus passenger’s luggage”.
Officer Kilopas added that the armed men, whom he identified as “unknown
gunmen”, have taken the clothes which were put on by the passengers.
Police says “The unknown armed men stopped the taxi carrying fourteen
passengers at Lolere area within Liri County, Jubek state, they prearranged
the driver to drive inedible road into bushes site,” Police said.
Police said that the passengers were distressed and remaining passengers
have unfaltering to return to Torit Central County in Imatong state.
“We police have ordered that any individual cars travelling from Torit to
Juba temporarily have been stopped, unless on requesting for convoy will be
provided for security reasons and safety,” Kilopas said.
The police authority said the “unknown armed gunmen attacked a passenger
vehicle and looted properties” along the Juba- Torit Road for the past two
One of the passengers told our editorial team that the gunmen were using
another car, which they parked by the roadside.
When the bus approached the spot, the gunmen started shooting, forcing the
driver to stop. The passengers ran for safety in the nearby bushes.
“We were coming from Torit to Juba; we saw a group of three people. They
had guns. They started shooting at us and so we stopped and started running
as the shoot at us,” the passenger, who requested anonymity said, adding
that they returned to the vehicle after their shooters had left the scene.
The Deputy Spokesperson for the National Police Service, Felix Charles,
says joint forces have been deployed along all roads leading out of Juba to
“So Juba roads have patrols and then we have some joint operation units
along these roads to avoid any type of crimes that will arise.”
There have been recurrent ambushes on the major roads leading to Juba,
capital City of the republic of South Sudan in recent months.
The Opposition forces, loyal to Vice President Machar, who were deposed
from the capital in July claim control of major roads including the
Juba-Nimule, Juba Torit and Juba Bor roads.
For more than two months areas around Juba have witnessed major atrocities
that involve heavy fighting between the government forces and the SPLA in
The government of Salva Kiir, which imposed unpopular First Vice President,
Taban Deng Gai, has allowed for cantonment of Opposition forces in the
area, however, it remains unclear if the government would only allow
troops that would be loyal to FVP imposed or other armed Opposition forces.
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