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An armed and dangerous SPLA soldier on the loose in Aweil

Author : | Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

SPLA soldiers display weapons during the 2nd Independence Day Anniversary in Juba - July 9, 2013

Police are searching for an armed man in a village in Aweil South, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, who they say has attacked people and burned down two buildings.

The man is believed to be an SPLA soldier from Division 5 in Wau, Western Bahr El Ghazal state. Officials say the man has deserted his post.

The soldier, who has not been named, is alleged to have beaten three people, including a pregnant woman in the village of Ayai. He is also accused of setting fire to a family tukul and a cattle pen.

Witnesses have also told police that the man robbed shops at gunpoint and using hand grenades.

Commissioner for Aweil South County Jel Mangok Yel said they are now searching for the solider, who has also attacked a police officer and has taken his gun.

“I talked yesterday with the acting governor to inform him that I want to send a force now I am preparing a force,” said Mr. Yel.

“I held security meeting this morning with all security organs and we have agreed to apprehend him by all means.”

Victims of the soldier are recovering in Aweil Civil State Hospital, police have said.

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