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South Sudan Attacks Killed Five UN Peacekeepers, Seven Civilians

April 9 (Bloomberg) -- Gunmen in South Sudan killed five peacekeepers and seven civilians working for the United Nations mission in an ambush in the eastern state of Jonglei, the UN said.

At least nine peacekeepers and civilians were wounded, the UN said on its website. The identity of who carried out the attack today near the town of Gumuruk is unknown, according to the UN. The 15-member Security Council condemned it in a statement.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the government to bring the perpetrators to justice and said “the killing of peacekeepers is a war crime that falls under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court,” according to a statement released by his spokesman.

Violence in Jonglei, an eastern state bordering Ethiopia where Total SA has a stake in an oil-exploration concession, has marred South Sudan’s independence from the north. Ethnic clashes between the Murle and Lou Nuer communities in the state last year killed at least 1,600 people, according to the UN.

To contact the reporter on this story: Karl Maier in Rome at kmaier2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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