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Police arrests ten people, accuse of looting UN compound in Gok Machar

Police arrests ten people, accuse of looting UN compound in Gok Machar

Authorities in North Bahr El Gazal say they have detained ten people for allegedly vandalizing and looting UN compound in Aweil North.

A compound belonging to United Nations interim security force for Abyei UNISFA was looted after the troops abandoned the base over the weekend.

Many of those arrested are security personnel, according to official. Last month, youth from Aweil North issued an ultimatum asking the UN Security Forces to leave the area over territorial dispute.

They accused the UNISFA of putting signposts showing some part of Aweil North County as Sudan territory.

UNISFA had been in Gok-Machar since 2012 after South Sudan and Sudan agreed on a 14-mile.

The aim was to create a buffer zone at the disputed territory between the two sisterly countries.

The police spokesman in NBG state, Guot Guot Akol, said the local community ransack the compound. He said some of the items looted include cement, chairs, beds and mattresses.

Guot says police have recovered some of the properties and search is continuing to recover looted items.

He says a committee that was sent from the state is in the area.

Some community members who spokes to Akol Yam 91 FM accused the security forces some of the destructions and looting.

They say an independent body is needed to thoroughly investigate the incident.

They accused some unnamed officials for inciting the local community that resulting into the looting. A claim that has not independently been verified.

The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei has bases in Aweil North and Aweil East in Northern Bahr El Gazal.