August 29, 2014
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) - JUBA, South Sudan (AP) - South Sudan's military spokesman says that five United Nations peacekeepers were killed when suspected rebels ambushed a U.N. convoy in a remote, violent state.
Col. Philip Aguer said five others were also killed in the attack. A U.N. official who demanded anonymity because of U.N. rules said seven civilians were also killed in the attack.
A U.N. spokesman, Liam McDowall, confirmed that peacekeepers were killed. He declined to give numbers.
Aguer said the attack took place on a convoy traveling between the South Sudanese towns of Pibor and Bor on Tuesday morning.
Aguer blamed the attack on militants led by David Yau Yau, a rebel leader that South Sudan says is armed by Sudan.
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