Attack against South Sudan troops by insurgents condemned by UN

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An attack by insurgents against South Sudanese troops in the country's eastern Jonglei State has been condemned by the UN Mission in the country (UNMISS).

According to reports, 24 South Sudanese were killed last Thursday in an attack by armed fighters loyal to a renegade leader called David Yau Yau.

Many more soldiers were wounded and others are missing.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky has more.

"The UN Mission in South Sudan says it believes the attack was deliberately intended to undermine progress made in improving the security environment and in forging reconciliation among the communities in Jonglei State. The UN Mission provided support to the South Sudanese armed forces (SPLA) to help evacuate the wounded. And it is also providing aerial transport to local Government officials so they may visit communities in the area."

Duration: 24"

Martin Nesirky says United Nations human rights teams are investigating the course of events.

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