The UN says Sudan is hosting the largest number of South Sudanese refugees, with 232 000 having entered since a civil war erupted in the neighbouring country at the end of 2013.
South Sudan won independence from Sudan in 2011 but two years later it fell into a brutal civil war that has killed tens of thousands of civilians.
The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA, said in its weekly bulletin: “According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR … there are about 232 000 South Sudanese refugees in Sudan.”
Armed South Sudanese gunmen have killed several officers and soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), an official army of South Sudan, in the attack targeting government officials in Raja town, which is the administrative capital of Lol state on Wednesday.
The attack which occurred on Wednesday morning resulted to the brief capture of the state capital by the gunmen.
Senior government officials, including governor Rizik Zechariah Hassan, fled the town for their safety. However, several officers were killed including those in charge of the governor’s bodyguards.