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Seven S. Sudanese peace delegates killed

OSLO: Seven South Sudanese delegates who attended a peace conference in the southeast of the country were killed, a Norwegian humanitarian organisation said Thursday.

“We strongly condemn the attack on civilians and humanitarian aid workers,” the head of Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), Dagfinn Hoybraten, said in a statement.
“The attack demonstrates how demanding and complex it is to work in a country where the security situation is changing all the time,” he added.

The seven were killed on Saturday in Imehejek in Eastern Equatoria state after attending a peace conference and being offered a ride in NCA cars.

Three NCA employees, also from South Sudan, escaped unharmed, NCA said.
The humanitarian organisation provided no other details, saying the attack was still under investigation.

In South Sudan, Eastern Equatoria state’s information minister Patrick Oting told Media the attack was “unfortunate”, adding that conference was intended to defuse tensions between two communities over cattle raids.

“It is an unfortunate situation that has happened, in fact these people were (here) for the peace dialogue mission to Imehejek,” he said.

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M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.