ABYEI, 16 February 2021 – An opposition official has been injured in an attack on his convoy as he returned from a trip to Warrap state, one of South Sudan’s 34 federated states.

The official, Monykuch Mawien, was recently nominated by the SPLM-IO to Abyei Administrative Area’s upcoming transitional parliament.

Mawien said the attack by unidentified gunmen occurred as darkness fell over Abyei town center.

“This incident happened yesterday night at 7:18 PM,” Mawien told Sudans Post via phone from Abyei

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“I was coming from Mayen Abuth and just four kilometers away from the center of the town, we came under an ambush of these people. We saw the attackers but it was dark and they are not Arabs, they are our people,” Mawien explained in the phone interview.

“Five people including myself are badly wounded and one person has light injuries,” the official said, condemning the attack and promising that he and other committed South Sudanese will not be intimidated into giving up their fight for a “country of laws”.

Mawien expressed frustration at the fact that the South Sudan Police Service in the area didn’t show up to investigate or gather information on how the incident occurred, despite being located not too far from the hospital where he and the others injured were receiving medical treatment.

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