At least one person has been confirmed dead and several others sustained injuries when a passenger vehicle travelling from Juba to Labonok on Juba-Nimule road came under attack by unknown gunmen on Wednesday.
Several eyewitnesses and local administrative officers told Sudan Tribune that the incident on Wednesday morning took place between Kuriti and Kit. The passenger vehicle was travelling to Labonok area, home village of Vice-President James Wani.
The identity of the attackers remains unclear and no group has come out to claim the responsibility, though authorities are keen to point an accusing finger to the armed youth allied to the former First Vice President turned rebel leader, Riek Machar.
The attack comes after the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday warned during a briefing to the UN Security Council that a genocide was about to start in South Sudan unless immediate action is taken. He reiterated his call for the Security Council to impose an arms embargo.