Four people have lost their lives and hundreds of civilians are fleeing after an attack by armed men in Yambio, the capital of Gbudue State in South Sudan.
Among the dead was a young child while two others sustained injuries.
Following Thursday’s attack, panic and fear among the residents of Yambio town has escalated and many are continuing to flee their homes to the other side of the town, or are crossing the border into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Sudan Tribune reports.
“Yambio Mayor, Daniel Badagbu, said, shooting erupted on Thursday morning when an armed group attacked a house belonging to a government security agent in Hai Kuba area.”
Responding to the attack, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) fought back, managing to repulse the attackers from Yambio.
Following the bloody clash, the bodies of two civilians, a teacher and a woman, were found lying on the road.
Uncertain of who had carried out the shootings Badagbu said they had either been killed by the gunmen, or had been caught in the cross fire of the shooting between the gunmen and the security forces.
However, an eye witness who decline to be identified told the Tribune the armed group left the area quickly after the attack
“When the SPLA forces reached the scene of the attack they saw the teacher riding his motorbike escaping the fighting. So, a soldier shot him dead and took his motorcycle, while the body of the lady was found not far from the scene,” he said.
The Gbudue State government issued a warning to all the armed groups present in the state to reconsider the amnesty given to them which expired on Thursday.
UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that following the gunshots some 44 civilians mainly women and children, entered the compound of an NGO located next to the United Nations base.
The UN provided medical assistance and later patrolled Yambio.
“Later in the day, the civilians left the compound and returned to their homes,” said Dujarric.