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S. Sudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base

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Posted: Apr 17, 2014 10:29 AM

Updated: Apr 17, 2014 10:30 AM

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) A military officer in South Sudan said about 12 people were killed and dozens injured when an angry mob of armed youths stormed a U.N. compound and attacked civilians from a minority ethnic group.

In a statement released Thursday night, the U.N. mission in South Sudan condemned the "unprovoked attack" and called for a full investigation into the "heinous murders."

U.N peacekeepers opened fire to repel the attackers, who forced their way into a camp protecting close to 5,000 ethnic Nuers who have sought safety in the base since fighting in South Sudan broke out in mid-December.

Maj. Major Kuol Mayen Deng of South Sudan's military said that Ugandan troops stationed in the region are now protecting the U.N. base. Deng said at least 12 people were killed.

Topics: AF-South-Sudan-Violence

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