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Ambush in Unity State Left 23 Dead

Bentiu, August 11, 2010 (SSNA) -- The Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) on Wednesday said unidentified gunmen ambushed a lorry carrying soldiers and civilians in Unity State, killing 23 people and wounded eight others.

The attack took place on Sunday, but, it is not clear as to why the authority did not report the incident earlier.

A spokesman for the Southern army said 17 of those killed were soldiers and six civilians including a driver.

"Bandits are active around that area, but lately it has been peaceful. This attack comes as a big surprise”, South Sudan’s army spokesman Malaak Ayuen Ajok said.

"Eight others were wounded, and the situation is now under control", he added.

The South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) will keep you updated.

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