Juba Deploys Team to Smoke out Highway Bandits

Juba Deploys Team to Smoke out Highway Bandits (News Central TV)

South Sudanese authorities deployed a joint security team to map out the hideouts of bandits terrorising commuters on the Kenyan-Ugandan highway.

This is coming a day after Kenyan truckers suspended cargo transport services to South Sudan after two of their drivers were killed and trucks torched by unknown criminals on the Juba-Nimule highway.

Spokesman for the South Sudan National Police Service, Gen. Daniel Justine said a joint security team, composed of military intelligence and police officers, had been sent out on Monday to track down the bandits.

South Sudan depends mainly on the Mombasa port for its imports. It is only second to Uganda in the volume of its imported cargo according to the Kenya Ports Authority data.

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In October last year, armed men demanded thousands of dollars as ransom after kidnapping two Uganda drivers and killing two others on the Juba-Nimule road. In May, three Uganda drivers were also killed on the Juba-Kaya highway.

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