UN peacekeeper base attacked in South Sudan; 58 killed

UN peacekeeper base attacked in South Sudan; 58 killed

An attack on a U.N. peacekeeping base in South Sudan where some 5,000 members of an ethnic minority had sought shelter killed 58 people and injured about 100 others, a U.N. official said Friday.

An angry mob of youths attacked the U.N. peacekeeping mission’s camp in Bor in Jonglei state on Thursday where ethnic Nuers fled after fighting broke out in the country in mid-December. …

UNICEF, the U.N. children’s agency, said an unknown number of children were among the dozens of civilians injured and killed in the attack.

“Utterly defenseless children were attacked in a place where they should have felt safe,” Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF representative in South Sudan said in a statement Friday. “The trauma for children under such circumstances is indescribable.” …

In Thursday’s attack, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said “the assailants, a mob of armed civilians, came to the base under the guise of peaceful demonstrators intending to present a petition … The armed mob forced entry on to the site and opened fire on the internally displaced persons sheltering inside the base.”

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