Two killed as gov’t battle with unauthorized squatters in Gumbo-Sherikat.
Two people were allegedly slain yesterday in the Juba neighborhood of Gumbo-Sherikat after a gun conflict erupted between security troops accompanying the government land committee and local residents.
According to the Police Spokesperson, the committee created by President Kiir in August to handle land grabs in Juba went to KuburiTiman, a section of Gumbo-Sherikat, to dismantle unlawfully erected houses when the occupants resisted, culminating in intense fighting Wednesday morning.
“Those individuals (the inhabitants) refused (to obey the land authorities), and they got into a fight, and we verified two people were killed,” General Justin affirmed.
According to the cop, the victims were among the protesting residents. A bulldozer truck and a car were set on fire, according to video footage and photos shared on social media.
According to General Justin, security troops have been rushed to the region to determine the number of casualties.
He did, however, emphasize that the situation was still volatile.
“So far, the security situation is not very favorable; our soldiers are still there; we want to go collect the deceased corpses, but we haven’t been able to do so since we are still waiting for our forces to return,” he added.
More information about the event will be released after comprehensive investigations are conducted, he said.