The attack on 32-member convoy on Tuesday killed a Lt Colonel and four other army personnel. The tragic incident took place at Gumuruk in South Sudan’s troubled Jonglei state. The soldiers are identified as Lt Col Mahipal Singh, Naib Subedar Shiv Kumar Pal, havaldars Heera Lal and Bharat Samsal and Lance Naik Nand Kishor Joshi. The incident also left five others injured including Captain Bhagirath, Havaldar Ram, LanceNaiks Ramesh and Naginder Kumar, and Sepoy Rajiv Kumar.
The South Sudan government holds rebel leader David Yau Yau responsible for the ambush. The government has been in a constant feud with the rebels in Jonglei while UN peacekeepers strive to ensure minimal civilian causalities.