South Sudan Finds Burnt, Handcuffed Bodies in Equatoria Region

South Sudan authorities in Yei River State found the burnt bodies of six people in a grass-thatched hut and another five with bullet wounds and hands tied behind their backs outside the structure.

“This is a deserted location and they were tied first and shot before the six taken to the house for burning,” State Minister of Local Government and Law Enforcement Agency Anthanasio Yungule said by phone on Sunday. “It is a really shocking incident of murder.”

South Sudan, the world’s newest country, descended into a civil war in December 2013, claiming tens of thousands of lives and forcing more than a million to flee to neighboring nations. Civilians in the East African nation are being targeted along ethnic lines and there’s a strong risk of genocide if the violence escalates, the United Nations special adviser on prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, said Nov. 11.

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