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Gunmen Abduct 20, Kill One in Yumbe

Ignatius Otong, the North West Nile Regional Police Commander, confirmed to URN that they have received reports of rebel activities by undisclosed South Sudan fighters.
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Unidentified gunmen have raided Lewa and Point K villages in Kochi Sub-County in Yumbe district and kidnapped twenty people and killed another.

The gunmen struck at around 8pm on Tuesday night. The unidentified man was reportedly shot while trying to flee from the attackers.

Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Region Police spokesperson, says police was informed late about the attack.

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Community members believe the gunmen are part of South Sudanese rebels out to recruit fighters to oust President Salva Kiir and first Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar following the signing of the recent power deal. 

Ignatius Otong, the North West Nile Regional Police Commander, confirmed to URN that they have received reports of rebel activities by undisclosed South Sudan fighters. 

“We have heard those rumors but rest assured every effort is in place to find those people and bring them back to the community through our intelligence network,” he said.

He declined to disclose the identities of the abductees. Otong blames the attack on the porous boundary between Uganda and South Sudan. A reliable source from Kajo-Keji County in South Sudan says the same group carried out similar raids in Kajo-Keji County in South Sudan before crossing to Uganda with the abductees. 

"Rebels from south Sudan have dramatically escalated their attacks, abducting more than 200 people - including 54 children - in the first two months of this year. They are believed to have crossed with the abductees to Uganda where they are to be trained," he notes.

The group is believed to be under Major General Peter Gatdet Yaka, a former commander in the Sudan People's Liberation Army. The raid has triggered panic in Yumbe and Moyo districts for fear of more attacks. Andrew Kandiho, the Moyo District Internal Security Officer- DISO urges the public to remain calm but be cautious of strange activities.

He assures the people of Moyo of protection following the heavy deployment of security agents to monitor the situation. "We are also working jointly with operatives from South Sudan to ensure those people are recovered back", Kandiho said.

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