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Gunmen kill three in western South Sudan

JUBA – Three people were shot dead in South Sudan’s western Lakes state last week unknown gunmen.

According to the Sudan Tribune, one of those killed reportedly worked in the state secretariat office.

A Criminal Investigation Department (CID) official said the killers mainly target government officials in protest against the current state administration.

“It is shocking. Three government officials were killed in different operations by unknown gunman here in Rumbek. One official was killed at the gate of governor’s office and another was killed inside Rumbek town”, the official told Sudan Tribune.

Such killings are common in South Sudan where civil war erupted in late 2013 and has killed tens of thousands of people and sent more than 2.4 million fleeing the country.

Most of these refugees have run to Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan, creating the largest displacement of civilians in Africa since the Rwanda genocide in 1994.

The conflict was sparked by a feud between Kiir, a Dinka, and his former deputy Riek Machar, a Nuer, who is being held in South Africa.

The United Nations has warned that the violence in South Sudan was providing “fertile ground” for genocide.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited the Juba late last month, where she told Kiir that the United States had lost trust in his government and risked losing Washington’s support if he did not pursue peace.

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