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South Sudan: 13 killed in gun man bar attack

South Sudan: 13 killed in gun man bar attack

South Sudan

13 people have been killed in South Sudan after a gun man opened fire on citizens who were watching a football match between Chelsea and Everton in a bar in Juba.

Witnesses say the attacker was angry after being refused free entry to watch the premier league game.

The whereabouts of the shooter are unclear and government officials have announced that investigations are underway.

“There was shooting during the evening hours. I went into hiding. I did not know what was happening. People were seen escaping. Six other people were as scared as I was. I saw some of those killed, “ a witness said.

The insecurity situation in Juba has been a cause for concern ever since the world’s youngest nation was plunged into crisis three years ago.

Fighting in Juba escalated in July when forces loyal to president Salva Kiir clashed with those of rebel leader Riek Machar.

“Our security officers and the army are in search of this criminal. What he did cannot be tolerated, and we will not allow him to escape. We must bring him to face justice so that our citizens should know that the government is working hard. We must find the criminal,“military official, Daniel Akot Akot said.

All efforts to ensure a return to calm have been futile.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011 in an outcome of a 2005 agreement.

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