NAIROBI Gunmen attacked the vice president’s convoy in South Sudan on Tuesday and wounded a few of his bodyguards, a federal government formal explained, underscoring worsening insecurity in the oil-loaded country.
Initially Vice President Taban Deng Gai, who joined the federal government just after defecting from the primary rebel team final 12 months, was not in the convoy due to the fact he was traveling by airplane at the time, State Minister of Facts Jacob Akech Deng explained.
The motor vehicles were assaulted as they headed north from the funds Juba to the city of Bor, he explained.
“Three people today were wounded. These are stability guards of the to start with vice president,” Deng explained. “No soldier died and the convoy of the to start with vice president has arrived at Bor properly.”
South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, erupted into civil war in 2013 just after President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, fired his deputy Riek Machar, a Nuer.
The battling that adopted split the state together ethnic traces, spurred hyper-inflation and plunged areas of the country into famine, making Africa’s biggest refugee crisis considering the fact that the Rwandan genocide in 1994.
The warring sides signed an internationally-backed peace deal in 2015 and Machar was all over again sworn in as vice president, only for a new round of warfare to erupt that forced Machar to flee Juba in July final 12 months.
Kiir subsequently replaced Machar with Deng Gai, a previous chief opposition negotiator who broke ranks with Machar but was not able to persuade a substantial amount of rebels to follow suit.
Machar’s team, the country’s biggest rebel force and recognized as the SPLA-In Opposition, was not right away out there for remark.
(Modifying by Aaron Maasho and Mark Heinrich)