Five civilians including a woman were killed and others were injured in Gumbo Sherikat in Juba on Wednesday morning. South Sudan People’s Defense Force Spokesperson, Lul Ruai Koang confirmed saying the shooting was caused by land dispute.
According to multiple sources, President Salva Kiir’s cousin, Lual Marine, opened gunfire near Bor Park. The incident triggered violent protest in which properties including cars were destroyed. Security organs blocked the road connecting Sherikat to Konyo-Konyo for some hours.
President Kiir has issued a press statement on the killing. According to the statement, the perpetrator has been apprehended. The president also issued directives to investigate the incident and assured the public that the situation was under control as security organs were deployed to the area.