South Sudan vice president survives assassination

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South Sudan First Vice President Taban Deng Gai

By John Thiongo –john.thiongo@alleastafrica.com

Juba –South Sudan’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai has survived an assassination by unknown assailants who  on Tuesday attacked his convoy , wounding three of his bodyguards, a government official said.

State Minister of Information Jacob Akech Deng confirmed the attack but said Gai was unhurt.

The ambush is said to have taken place on a highway linking the capital Juba with the town of Bor, to its east according to Reuters.

South Sudan was plugged into a Civil War in December 2013 when President Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar and ten others of attempting a coup d’état.

Government forces are battling mushrooming rebel groups in a country which UN says the war has displaced more than one children and other millions of  people into the neighboring countries.

Taban Deng Gai become South Sudan First Vice President after replacing Riek Machar, who went into hiding shortly after fighting broke out in the capital, Juba, in early July.

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