UN peacekeeper shot and wounded in South Sudan

March 13, 2013 16:35

JUBA- A United Nations peacekeeper has been shot and wounded by unknown gunmen in South Sudan, the international organisation said on Wednesday, in the country's first such incident.

The shooting took place on Tuesday while the peacekeeper was on patrol in the remote Jonglei state in the east of the country, which broke away from Sudan in mid-2011."UNMISS (the U.N. mission in South Sudan) confirms that a U.N. peacekeeper was wounded yesterday when an unidentified armed group fired on an UNMISS patrol," said Kouider Zerrouk, a spokesman for the mission.

Jonglei, a remote and undeveloped area the size of England, has been torn apart by inter-ethnic massacres triggered by cattle raids and abductions in recent years.

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