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One more person suffers gunshot injury in Kapoeta South

One more person suffers gunshot injury in Kapoeta South
Lokaii Lokai - a victim of the intercommunal conflict in greater Kapoeta - speaks with relatives after nurses treated him for gunshot wounds at the Kapoeta Civil Hospital on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 | Credit | Elizabeth Lochapio/Singaita FM

Another person has been shot and injured in Lorengelup village of Kapoeta South County, Eastern Equatoria State, in a suspected revenge attack.

There have been reports of intercommunal conflict in greater Kapoeta, involving youth from Kapoeta South and Budi counties.

The Tuesday morning shooting of thee 22-year-old man took place six days after seven people were shot dead at a mining site in Loriyok payam.

The victim – Lokaii Lokai Lokicha – said he was going to erect a shelter on his farm, in company of two women, when the unidentified attacker opened fire on them.

“I returned fire after I was shot in the thigh. After a while, I had to crawl home, where villagers helped me,” Lokai told Singaita FM at the Kapoeta Civil Hospital where he is currently receiving treatment gunshot wounds to the right thigh.

In a span of one week, at least 10 people have been killed in the intercommunal clashes – with some shot dead in cold blood on both sides.

Commenting on the attack, acting commissioner for Kapoeta South called for peaceful coexistence between the Toposa and Buya communities.

This, Juma Justin argues, could enhance development and prosperity in the greater Kapoeta area.

“With all these revenge attacks and killings, it becomes difficult to engage in food prouction activities; and this means people will have no enough food to eat soon,” Justin explained.

On Monday, investigation committees established by Governor Louis Lobong traveled to Budi and Kapoeta South counties to hold meetings with community representatives, including youth, women, and elders.