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Nine Ugandan drivers killed in S. Sudan ambush: official

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March 30, 2021 (KAMPALA) - At least nine Ugandan drivers were been killed in deadly road ambushes in neighboring South Sudan over the weekend, a Ugandan official said.

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Addressing lawmakers, Uganda’s state minister for internal affairs, Obiga Kania said the nine drivers were shot dead on the Yei-Juba highway.

"The number is not yet clear because some of the people who were injured could have died. This matter is known to the ministry of foreign affairs because these people died in South Sudan,” he said.

Added the minister, “Our embassy in South Sudan is handling it”.

The official further said authorities in Kampala and their counterparts in Juba are working to resolve the deadly attacks and killings.

"These people were killed by unknown gunmen. There are armed military groups operating in those areas who are apparently opposition forces to the government in South Sudan and they are in control of that area," he told lawmakers.

In recent years, several foreign nationals, including aid workers have been killed in targeted attacks, making South Sudan one of the most dangerous places for foreigners in the world.

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