News / Africa

Sudanese Traders Killed in South Sudan Ambush

A Sudanese trader weighs produce at his stall in Rubkona Market in Unity state, South Sudan on March 14, 2013. Eleven traders were killed in an ambush this week. (VOA/Bonifacio Taban)A Sudanese trader weighs produce at his stall in Rubkona Market in Unity state, South Sudan on March 14, 2013. Eleven traders were killed in an ambush this week. (VOA/Bonifacio Taban)
x
A Sudanese trader weighs produce at his stall in Rubkona Market in Unity state, South Sudan on March 14, 2013. Eleven traders were killed in an ambush this week. (VOA/Bonifacio Taban)
A Sudanese trader weighs produce at his stall in Rubkona Market in Unity state, South Sudan on March 14, 2013. Eleven traders were killed in an ambush this week. (VOA/Bonifacio Taban)
Charlton Doki
— Eleven Sudanese traders were killed by unknown gunmen as they crossed into South Sudan, just weeks after the two countries agreed to open 10 crossing points along their 1,200-mile (2,000-kilometer) border to boost the movement of goods and people, an official said Friday.

South Sudanese army spokesman Philip Aguer said gangsters were suspected of ambushing three trucks carrying Sudanese traders at Khorachier trading center, around 18 miles (30 kilometers) from Renk town.

“Three lorries fell into an ambush of unknown gangsters... These gangsters drove away two trucks. One truck got a mechanical problem and they left it beside the road,” Aguer said.

The attack marked the first time such a large number of traders have been killed along the border since South Sudan declared independence in July 2011.

The deadly attack occurred on Wednesday but only came to light after another group of truck drivers found the abandoned vehicle by the roadside, and reported it to the police in Renk town, Aguer said.

“The police reported the information to the SPLA which dispatched a unit and followed the trace of the trucks," Aguer said.

"After awhile,  the SPLA caught up with these gangsters and they exchanged fire," but the 11 traders had already been killed, Aguer said.

Aguer blamed the attack on militia forces operating inside Sudan, who he said are opposed to peace with South Sudan.

Sudan closed the border following South Sudan’s independence in 2011, impacting traders and communities on both sides.

Doki Sudanese Traders Attacked

You May Like

Lebanese Media Unite to Support Palestinians in Gaza

Joint newscast billed as Arab world’s first unified news bulletin in support of Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip More

Photogallery Australian PM Alleges ‘Coverup’ at MH17 Crash Site

Meanwhile, Russia's ambassador to Malaysia denies plane's black boxes were opened before they were handed over to Malaysian officials More

Despite Advances in AIDS Treatment, Stigma Lingers

Leading immunologist tells VOA that stigma is often what prevents those infected with disease from seeking treatment More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: William from: South Sudan-Juba
May 04, 2013 12:25 PM
The attack carried out by Sudanese thugs in the border is the violation of Cooperation agreement signed in Ethiopia. And it will even make mistrust between two states. therefore, it is better for two states to be alert for such criminal activities.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Formi
X
July 22, 2014 10:26 AM
Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.
Video

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.
Video

Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded a $120 million grant to a new technology center focused on battery development - headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there scientists are making the next technological breakthroughs in energy storage.
Video

Video In NW Pakistan, Army Offensive Causes Massive Number of Displaced

Pakistan’s army offensive in North Waziristan has resulted in the large-scale displacement of the local population. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from northwest Pakistan where authorities say around 80 percent of the estimated 1 million internally displaced persons [IDPs] have settled in Bannu district, while much of the remaining 20 percent are scattered in nearby cities.
Video

Video Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil

The Kurdistan regional government has sent its Peshmerga troops into the adjacent province of Kirkuk to drive out insurgents, and to secure the area's rich oil fields. By doing this, the regional government has added a fourth province to the three it officially controls. The oil also provides revenue that could make an independent Kurdistan economically strong. VOA’s Jeffrey Young went out with the Peshmerga and filed this report.
Video

Video Malaysia Reeling: Second Air Disaster in Four Months

Malaysia is reeling from the second air disaster in four months involving the country’s flag carrier. Flight 340 vanished in March and despite an extensive search, no debris has been found. And on Thursday, Flight 17, likely hit by a surface-to-air missile, came apart over eastern Ukraine. The two incidents together have left more than 500 people dead. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Kuala Lumpur.

AppleAndroid