Indian soldiers killed in South Sudan Peacekeeping mission
Five soldiers of the Indian Army on UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) were killed and four injured in an ambush by unidentified assailants in South Sudan. They were escorting a 32-member UN convoy near the settlement of Gumuruk in Jonglei State. Hilde F. Johnson UNMISS chief and Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General in South Sudan, condemned the attacked.
Jonglei is the largest and most populous State in South Sudan, a country carved out of northern Sudan in 2011 after a brutal civil war spanning many decades. Post-independence, the State has been roiled by inter-ethnic conflict between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities. The conflict has since escalated into a full-blown insurgency led by Murle leader David Yauyau who, the South Sudanese believe, is backed by the government of Sudan which denies the allegation.
A contingent of 2,200 Indian Army personnel are deployed with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan .While one group is based in Malakkal on the border with Sudan, the other one is deployed in Jonglei (Pibor county). Elsewhere on the African continent, Indian troops are involved in peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cote d’Ivoire.