UN envoy condemns killing of five peacekeepers in South Sudan

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A wounded civilian arriving in Juba after an ambush on an UNMISS convoy by unidentified assailants near Gumuruk in Jonglei State on 9 April. (Photo: UNMISS/Isaac Billy)

The head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Hilde Johnson has strongly condemned the killing of five peacekeepers and seven civilians working with the mission.

According to UNMISS, the people died in an ambush by unidentified assailants near the settlement of Gumuruk, in Jonglei State on Tuesday.

At least nine additional peacekeepers and civilians were injured in the attack and some remain unaccounted for.

Ms. Johnson expresses her deepest condolences to the families of all the peacekeepers, colleagues and civilians killed in the attack.

UNMISS peacekeepers frequently patrol the area as part of an effort to provide protection to civilians and armed escorts to humanitarian aid convoys.

The top United Nations official in South Sudan stresses that the attack will not deter UNMISS and its peacekeepers from working to protect vulnerable communities in the country.

UNMISS, she adds, is determined to continue its work supporting authorities to ensure peace.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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