One killed, four others injured in Lobong’s convoy ambush

One killed, four others injured in Lobong’s convoy ambush
Easter Equatoria State Governor Louis Lobong (pictured) had also made the request for the state to have a share of the non-oil revenue. [File, City Review]

At least one person died and four others were injured in an ambush when one of the governor’s vehicles was attacked along the Kapoeta-Torit road on Wednesday.

A Toyota Landcruiser belonging to the Eastern Equatoria State government was attacked by unknown gunmen around Budi County.

State information minister, Patrick Oting Cyprian, said the governor was not in any of the vehicles as he is in Juba.

“I want to make it clear for the people to know that it was not the governor’s personal vehicle that was attacked but one of the vehicles that was coming to Torit,” he said.

According to Oting, the incident happened almost in the same area in which the governor’s convoy was attacked in 2021.

“One person died on the spot during the attack… A security guard to the governor,” he said.

“But the other ones are managing their wounds; they are recovering; that is basically the information that I can give you,” Oting said.

He stated that the attackers injured four people, and those who were in the governor’s vehicle responded, back-wounding one of them.

In 2021, Governor Louis Lobong narrowly survived death after armed youth in Budi County laid an ambush on his convoy, killing one of his bodyguards and the wife of the Division Commander. Two other people sustained injuries.