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Juba-Bor road reopens after brief closure

Juba-Bor road reopens after brief closure
A section of Juba-Bor road | Credit | Courtesy

Authorities in Jonglei State say they have reopened the highway afternoon after they closed it over deadly road attack.

On Monday, an unnamed Mangala community traditional leader was killed by unidentified gunmen, according to the police commissioner in Jonglei State.

As a result, Mangala area youth protested his death by blocking the highway and indiscriminately shooting at any vehicle traveling from Bor to Juba, prompting Jonglei authorities to close the newly-built road.

Police authorities in Jonglei state say Bor-Juba road that has been closed since Monday due to insecurity reopens on Wednesday afternoon following deployment of security forces to provide escort to the travels.

However, Maj Gen Elia Costa told Mingkaman Fm that the road was reopened “after we deployed security forces to provide escort”.

When contacted for comment, the director for Police operation in Central Equatorial State, Major General Akol Ayuong, said he was not aware of the attacks on the vehicle.

Unconfirmed reports show that at least five travelers were killed in the attacks on vehicles between Monday and Tuesday.