Military vehicles confiscated by armed Twic youth returned to SSPDF

Warrap state government has recovered 3 vehicles which were earlier confiscated by armed youth in Twic village of Nyin Deng Ayuel.

The vehicles were forcefully taken from the army when armed youth ambushed a military convoy traveling from Abyei to Juba last month.

They include 2 Toyota landcruisers mounted with 2 machine guns and 1 truck. At least 35 SSPDF soldiers were in the convoy.

The military asserts were handed over to the state government on Tuesday.

The State Minster of Youth, Culture and Sport said the vehicles were retrieved through cooperation with community leaders.

“The two vehicles are in good condition, but one vehicle collided with a tree and is broken after the youth drove recklessly. The SSPDF commander requested the community to repair the broken car. The community leaders promised to repair the vehicle which has been handed over to the SSPDF soldiers in Nyin Deng Ayuel area,” Agok Ayaar stated.

The SSPDF Commander in Nyin Deng Ayuel, Colonel Patrick Lumumba confirmed that he received the vehicles. He, however, said one machine gun has malfunctioned.

Colonel Lumumba appealed for cooperation among the army, local authorities and the civilians.

“Let them talk to the youth who want to destabilize the security of the state.  Let them collaborate with security organs working on the ground so that peace can return to the state,” he stated.

The State government cautioned the youth against attacking government facilities or personnel.