Clashes in South Sudanese State Capital Leave Five People Dead

At least five people were killed in the capital of South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state when a vigilante group clashed with security forces, army and police said.

Troops have pushed the group, who call themselves the Arrow Boys, about four kilometers (2.5 miles) from the city of Yambio after three days of fighting, military spokesman Philip Aguer said Wednesday by phone from the national capital, Juba. One soldier was killed, he said.

Police spokesman James Monday Enoka said two civilians, a fire-brigade officer and a policeman also died. Violence began when the armed group attacked a police vehicle on patrol, Enoka said by phone from Juba.

The United Nations mission in South Sudan said its peacekeepers patrolled areas in Yambio on Tuesday after gunfire was heard and saw some houses burning. About 300 civilians sought shelter at a compound beside the UN’s Yambio base and have now begun to return to their homes, acting spokeswoman Shantal Persaud said in an e-mailed response to questions.

Aguer described the clashes as “affiliated to other political issues,” without elaborating.

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