Two people were killed in Yambio town on Sunday, says Gbudwe State Minister of Information.
Gibson Bullen Wande said the death occurred when gunmen attacked a police post at Bazungua suburb in the town.
He said the deceased were on the side of the attackers, who exchanged gunfire with the police. Two soldiers were also wounded in the incident.
Mr. Bullen said two others from the attackers have been arrested and taken into custody for investigations. The identity of the gunmen and the motive of their attack have not been established.
The security situation in Yambio town is reported to be calm after the gunfight.
Last month, gunmen attacked Makpandu Refugee settlement, a few kilometers from Yambio town, where they kidnapped three police officers and raided a food store.
The state Police Commissioner, Major General Monday Enoka, said police in the state needs special training in Crime Prevention and Investigation.
“We want to recruit 2000 people, all young people, and we will need a coordination mechanism between all the states,” Monday told a visiting UNDP delegation in May.
State authorities say some former child soldiers, mainly from the ‘Arrow-boys’ have had difficulty in integrating into the society due to absence of jobs.
“They are coming home and if we are not able to give them something to do with their life, they will go back to fight”, said a state minister, Philip Pia Michael.
“If we give the young people the alternative of vocational training and employment, they are clever enough to realize that it is much better to earn their living instead of taking the risk of being shot,” remarked a UNDP official, Balázs Hovárth.
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