Gunman opens fire, kills 11, injures 16 soccer fans in South Sudan

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At least 11 people died and 16 others were injured in South Sudan after a lone gunman opened fire at a group of people watching English Premier League football match at Gure, south-west of Juba town on Saturday evening, local media reported.

South Sudan’s National Courier newspaper said the gunman had escaped despite a “prompt response” from security forces.

No group or person has been able to come out to claim any responsibility for the attack.

Police are investigating, but have not yet identified a motive.

Some eyewitnesses attributed the cause of shooting to disappointments with some football fans by other fans.

The suspect, according to an eyewitness was upset by other fans when a team he supports was beaten and supporters of the rival team started mocking others in unfriendly manner, provoking a shooting at them.

Police spokesperson, Justin Daniel issued a statement on Sunday regretting the occurrence of the incident and said the security forces have launched a joint operation to hunt the suspect.

“It lasted for 10 minutes,” said a survivor who managed to escape. “Ten horrific minutes where everybody was on the floor covering their head.”

The gunman was very calm and very determined,” said another eye witness. “He was shooting at people like as if they were birds.”