S.Sudan agrees on release of prisoners of war

Author : Mircea Birca | Saturday, May 21, 2016
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South Sudan’s transitional government has agreed on the release of prisoners of war from both sides of the more than two-year conflict, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth said.

Lueth announced the decision to reporters in the capital, Juba, on Friday, without specifying when the releases will take place nor the number of people involved.

A Slovakian nun working as a nurse in South Sudan has died after being shot earlier this week, UN radio said on Friday.

Sister Veronika Terezia Rackova was shot in the waist on Monday in the southern town of Yei as she drove to a nearby hospital with a patient.

She was evacuated for medical treatment to the Kenyan capital Nairobi, but died of her wounds. Local state information minister Stephen Ladu confirmed her death to the UN’s Radio Miraya.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the killing.

Separately, gunmen in northern Uganda have abducted 20 villagers close to the border with South Sudan, Ugandan police said on Friday, expressing fears they were captured by a militia from their war-torn neighbour.

The rare attack took place in the early hours of Tuesday in the Yumbe district of Uganda’s northern West Nile region, which lies close to the porous border with South Sudan.

“Police received the information that 20 civilians were abducted by suspected militia members from South Sudan,” local police chief Ignatius Otong said.

He did not say why a South Sudan group was suspected, but said Uganda security forces were working with their counterparts across the border.

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