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Ecobus on losses over attacks, shuts operations

Author : | Published: Friday, October 14, 2016

The transport company, Eco Bus says it lost almost 100,000 US Dollars when one of its buses was burnt by the gunmen along the Juba-Nimule highway four days ago.

On Monday, unknown gunmen attacked three commercial buses travelling along the road, including one for Eco Bus.

The army spokesperson, Lul Ruai Koang, said two people were injured in the incident and another was missing. The gunmen also looted properties of the passengers.

The Eco Bus Manager, Kiir Atem, says the attacks have now forced the company to suspend operations until further notice.

No passengers in Eco bus were killed, but Mr Atem says the loss is mainly from the burning and looting.

He told Eye Radio the company will only resume operations when the security situation on the highway has improved.

“We want to make sure that the road is safe because we are very concerned about the safety of our passengers, and when the road is safe we will be able to resume our operation,” he says.

“The good thing is that the loss that happened, we lost the bus but the lives of people are safe, and if we are to estimate the losses with this high rate of dollars we lost almost 100, 000 USD.”

Mr. Atem says the company lost another bus last month and now has only three buses, which he says are not enough for their operations.

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