Humanitarian convoy attacked in South Sudan

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One person died when unidentified gunmen attacked a convoy of humanitarian trucks belonging to a contractor of UN children’s agency UNICEF north of South Sudan’s capital Juba, according to the agency.

Africa’s youngest nation has been gripped for almost five years by conflict triggered by a political disagreement between President Salva Kiir and former deputy Riek Machar.
“We received reports that two trucks belonging to a UNICEF contractor were assaulted by armed men,” UNICEF said in a statement, adding an assistant driver was killed in the attack near Mangalla.

The agency was trying to verify the name and nationality of the victim and condemned “this senseless attack directed against unarmed civilians working to deliver humanitarian supplies to those in need.”

Elario Paul Fataki, a local government official in the area, told Reuters the assault occurred about five km from Mangalla.



Attacks on humanitarian convoys and personnel have been frequent in South Sudan’s conflict and both warring sides blamed. At least 100 charity workers have been killed in the country since fighting started in December 2013.