At least three Indian peacekeepers were killed after armed rebels stormed a United Nations base in South Sudan, state-run "All India Radio" reported on Friday. The AIR reported that civilians had taken refuge in the UN base, adding, the rebels from the second-largest ethnic group, the Nuer, stormed the military post in Akobo in Jonglei state, targeting civilians of the majority Dinka ethnic community. Around 43 Indian peacekeepers along with six UN police advisers and two civilians were present in the base when the gunmen numbering 1,500-2,000 stormed it, the report added. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, issued a statement, strongly condemning the assault.
The violence and unrest continued unabated in the world's newest country since President Salva Kiir accused his ex-deputy Riek Machar of mounting a coup.
So far, the violence which broke out on Sunday has killed 500 people.