SPLA soldier fired at US Embassy convoy at ‘close range’

Juba, November 15, 2014 (SSNA) — The United States Ambassador to South Sudan, Charles Twining, said an SPLA soldier fired at his armored diplomatic convoy causing damage on windows and no one was injured.

“We have bulletproof glass, thankfully, because it put two big holes in them,” Twining was quoted as saying.

What caused the soldier to fire at US diplomatic convoy remains a mystery.

Colonel Philip Aguer, the Spokesperson for the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) has denied that any shots were fired, claiming that a soldier of the SPLA only hit the US diplomatic vehicle “with the butt of his gun”.

Ambassador Twining stated that the incident occurred on the 19th of October. He further added that all cars belonging to the US embassy were marked with diplomatic plates at the time of the incident.

Security in Juba has deteriorated soon after fighting broke out late last year.

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