The shooting happened in Ligi, about two kilometers away from Kaya to Yei, according to witness accounts.
The witnesses revealed that the three were traveling in a Toyota Premio registration number UAE 633E and fell into an ambush.
Local authorities identified the Ugandans as 40-year-old mechanic Emanuel Sserwada, and 42-year-old special hire driver, Abasi Nsubuga. They were both residents of Koboko District. Authorities failed to identify the third person by press time, however, they suspect he is of Tanzanian origin.
“It’s true two of our natives and one unknown, either a Kenyan or Tanzanian, today were shot dead by suspected rebels on the side of South Sudan”. Koboko Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Joseph Drake Mukiibi confirmed the shooting.
Authorities have retrieved the bodies of the deceased from S. Sudanese authorities and conveyed to Koboko hospital mortuary.
The South Sudan government however claimed the body of the Tanzanian intending to conveying it to the Tanzanian embassy for repatriation.
In March last year, gunmen killed four Ugandan drivers traveling to Juba along Koboko –Yei- Juba road. Authorities also believed these gunmen were from National Salvation Front (NAS) camp. NAS is a renowned rebel group in South Sudan.
In June 2021, three Ugandans also lost their lives along the same route by gunmen that S. Sudanese government said belonged to NAS.
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