Juba Police said four people were wounded and the offices of the Boda-boda Association were plundered and burned to ashes during the riot that also resulted in the looting of 100 motorcycles at Mauna Residential Area on Friday.
National Police Spokesperson Major General Daniel Justin said the riots were triggered by the fatal police shooting of a young man a day earlier.
On Thursday, the unidentified young man was shot in the stomach after a police gun allegedly went off, as the officer tried to break up a fighting incident.
The victim passed away on Friday morning.
Following the incident, furious youth returning from the funeral of their colleague, stormed and vandalized the offices of the Boda-boda Association.
“Some Boda-boda riders went to a funeral (of the victim who was accidentally shot yesterday) and from there they came to the offices of Boda-boda Association and started demonstrations against the association leadership,” said Daniel Justin.
Speaking to Eye Radio on October 7, General Justin said about 100 motorcycles were looted in the standoff which lasted until noon when the rioters relented after additional forces arrived on the scene.
“Our joint forces tried to intervene and shot into the air, when they (protestors) started throwing stones and fighting the executives of the Boda-boda Association, but they managed to loot about 100 motorcycles and burned to ashes the buildings of the Boda-boda Association.”
“In the process, four people were wounded, and we had to call for additional forces from the command center and we managed to control the situation.
The official could not give a picture of the situation of the wounded.
However, a statement published by the office of Juba Mayor said one person died on spot.
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