Air Strike Allegedly By Sudanese Army Leaves 4 Dead, 9 Injured In Northern Bhar el Ghazal

At least four civilians have been confirmed dead and nine others hospitalized after an aerial bombing allegedly carried out by the Sudanese army war-planes, Antonov in Northern Bahr el Ghazal on Wednesday and Thursday.

AWEIL, April 9, 2015 [Gurtong]- Authorities in Northern Bahr el Ghazal have accused the government of Sudan for bombing Aweil West County.

According to the County Executive Director, Joseph Akuei, the air strike began on Wednesday morning and continued till Thursday afternoon where a total of 12 bombs were dropped in civilian populated areas especially in Nyinbuoli market, Mayom-akuangrel and Mayom-angok.
The injured were rushed to Marial-baai Primary Health Care Unit.

“The Sudanese war plane came yesterday morning and dropped heavy bombs in the market of Nyinbuoli where four people died on spot, nine are now hospitalized with severe injuries. We do not know why he Sudanese government always does this to the people of NBGS, this is beyond our control and our national government has to look into this.” Akuei said.

Akuei accused the Sudanese government for the aerial raid and urged the South Sudan government to intervene over the continuous aerial bombardment on the civilians of South Sudan.

Daniel Akol Diing, the State Minister of Parliamentary Affairs condemned the act and warned that if the government of Sudan does not stop bombing territories inside South Sudan it may lead to another outbreak of war between the two neighbouring countries.

“We as a government of NBGS, we are condemning this aggression and aerial bombardment carried out by the Sudanese government and we strongly urge the international community to impose possible sanctions on them. This is an aggression that as a state government, we cannot tolerate.” He warned.

Akol said victims of the attack were taken to Aweil Civil Hospital under the medical care of MSF.
“Some severe cases were referred to Aweil civil Hospital and perations will be done by MSF.”

South Sudan’s officials have been accusing their neighboring Sudanese counterpart of continuous aerial bombardment before and after the session of South Sudan from North, accusations the Sudanese government denies.

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