At least four persons were killed when armed men opened fire on a bus terminal in southern Sudan on Monday (Jan. 23), according to officials. This prompted the government to proclaim a month-long state of emergency.
At least four additional people were injured in the incident in Kadugli, the provincial seat of South Kordofan, according to officials.
The attack, which occurred as the victims were travelling to regions under the control of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North, was not immediately assigned a perpetrator, according to local media.Acting South Kordofan provincial governor Mousa Gaber Mahmoud referred to the attack as "unfortunate," promising that local officials "would spare no effort to recover security and stability" in the region.
He said that the southern province along the border with South Sudan has been under a state of emergency since Monday.
Abdel Aziz al-Sudan Hilu's People's Liberation Movement-North is in charge of a sizable portion of the province, which includes the Nuba Mountains. In Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, it has been fighting the government for decades.
Following the overthrow of longstanding dictator Omar al-Bashir in April 2019 amid a popular uprising against his three decades of oppressive rule, a cease-fire was established between the military and the group.
After a military coup overthrew a transitional government in October 2021, significantly destabilising the entire nation, there were tensions between the two parties.