TORIT, 1 April 2021 – Nearly 20 people were killed in an assassination attempt on the Governor of South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria, Louis Lobong Lojore.
“Governor Lobong was in Camp-15 to calm down the high tension in the area following an attack on that center on Sunday, which left 17 people dead,” his press secretary, Aliinadro Lotok told journalists on Wednesday.
Angry and heavily armed youth reportedly from the Buya community followed the governor and attacked the military barracks in Camp-15, bringing the death toll of the two incidents to nearly 20, Lotok added.
One of the governor’s bodyguards and a soldier’s wife have been confirmed as among the dead.
Three other members of the governor’s security detail were injured in the attack.
It took roughly two hours for the governor’s protection unit and soldiers at Camp-15 barracks “to push back the attackers,” the press secretary explained.
Lotok alleged that Sunday’s attack on Camp-15 was in retaliation to last week’s deadly assault on the Sudan People’s Liberation Army In Opposition (SPLA-IO) camp at Lowuareng.
During that attack, five soldiers, including a commander of the youth, were killed.
Security sources fear that more attacks may follow and the army commander in the area has called on the capital, Juba, to send reinforcements to rescue the governor and evacuate him.
South Sudan’s East and West Equatoria regions are situated along the upper banks of the White Nile.