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South Sudan records 40 road accidents, 4 deaths during festive season

South Sudan records 40 road accidents, 4 deaths during festive season
Accidents due to influence of too much alcohol, says police official

By Benjamin Takpiny

JUBA, South Sudan (AA) - South Sudan’s National Police Service said Monday that it recorded over 40 road accidents and four deaths in and around the capital Juba during the Christmas holidays.

Police spokesman Maj. Gen. Daniel Justin said the accidents occurred over a three-day period.

“On 24th December, we registered a lot of cases, especially with motorbikes. We registered 40 road accidents involving motorbikes, and among them, five people were severely hurt,” Justin told Anadolu Agency.

He said the accidents were due to the influence of alcohol.

Justin also noted that there were 16 cases involving people who suffered non-threatening injuries with four vehicles damaged, adding most of the traffic incidents also involved motorbikes.

“On the morning of 26th December, we recorded four deaths. Nine people were seriously hurt and 16 others sustained minor injuries,” he added.

Justin revealed that they also apprehended 27 members of youth gangs during the holidays.

“On the 25th, the situation was normal and people went for prayers in the morning. But in the evening around 6 p.m., gangsters were about to fight amongst themselves in the capital Juba. We went there and managed to arrest 27 of them with their weapons such as machetes and knives. They are in police custody under investigation, and four of them were girls,” he said.

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