JUBA – South Sudan government has temporarily closed down Nimule border crossing after unknown gunmen attacked and killed at least two police officers, Nimule police chief Maj. David Kasmiro said.
Major Kasmiro, Eye Radio reports, sad tensions have moved from outskirts to the center of the town and that the two police officers were killed during an ambush while patrolling Nimule town.
“The fighting has been transferred to the town, those cattle keepers started looting shops and houses. Our forces were patrolling from yesterday [Wednesday] till today [Thursday] morning, when the situation turned to something else,” he said.
“There have been several attacks in the outskirts of Nimule and even at around 1 pm our forces were moving around with the car patrolling. Our forces who were patrolling around Nimule town felt in ambush and two police officers were killed but we managed to capture one of the gunmen,” he added.
While confirming that one gunman was apprehended by the authorities, he revealed that the border crossing has been temporarily closed to prevent people from fleeing towards Uganda amid fears.
“The border has been closed temporarily because the other side also closed and we closed ours so that our people cannot go outside,” he added.