9 killed, 35 injured in 'grenade' explosion in Yambio
In a shocking incident, at least nine people were killed and 35 others injured in a grenade explosion at a memorial service in the town of Yambio on Friday, officials said.
Gbudue’s Agriculture Minister Gibson Wande told Radio Tamazuj on Sunday that nine people were killed and 35 others sustained injuries when a man hurled a hand grenade at a memorial service in the area on Friday night.
According to the local official, the incident occurred in an area located15 kilometers north of Yambio town.
He explained that the function was in progress in the area when a man lobbed the hand grenade at guests. Gibson pointed out that the injured including women and children were taken to hospital for treatment.
The minister said that the motive behind the attack could not be ascertained, but the suspect had been arrested. “The suspect has already been arrested. He is among the people who sustained injuries in the incident,” he said.
For his part, South Sudan Police Spokesman Daniel Justin confirmed the incident.
Justin said the man, who hurled the hand grenade when the function was being held in Yambio on Friday, had been arrested.
"We send our sincere sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of the victims," he said.