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Four Ugandans 'dead' in S.Sudan unrestPublish Date: Dec 18, 2013
Four Ugandans 'dead' in S.Sudan unrest
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handout photo released by the UNMISS on December 17, 2013 shows civilians seeking protection, arriving at the UNMISS compound adjacent to Juba International Airport following recent fightings in the capital. AFP PHOTO

By Vision Reporter

Four Ugandans have been reported dead in the South Sudan unrest, according to Tibo Brahn Obiga, the acting chairman of the Ugandan community in South Sudan.

At least eight other Ugandans have reportedly sustained injuries although the Uganda Government says it has not yet received any information of Ugandan casualties.

On Sunday, fighting erupted in Juba and many of the city’s residents have spent the past two days barricaded in their homes, too afraid to move out.

Others used lulls in the sporadic and often intense battles to grab their belongings and flee to safer areas, including UN bases.

President Salva Kiir has accused soldiers loyal to his arch-rival, former vice-president Riek Machar, who was sacked in July, of attempting a coup in the oil-rich nation which has struggled with instability since becoming independent in 2011.

Speaking from Juba yesterday, Obiga said the death toll had risen by three in the three days of fighting, amid fears that the death toll could rise further.

The number of the Ugandans reportedly injured has also risen from the six reported earlier to eight.  All the injured were being treated for gunshot wounds at the Juba Teaching Hospital, he said.

Obiga identified the dead as Ayub Abas Aloro, Jamal Alinga, Ratib Agu and another Ugandan whose identity, he said, had not been established by press time.

“The army could not allow us access the body,” Obiga said. The bodies were by yesterday still in the Juba Teaching Hospital mortuary.

Those injured, he said, were believed to be victims of stray bullets. He identified them as Ratib Olekua, Apollo Kasaijja, Patrick Kugonza and four others injured from Jebel Market.

They also include a woman only identified as Agnes.

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