The police in Bor say a man was killed on Monday morning after he was accidentally shot by another man who was cleaning his gun.
The deputy state police commissioner, Brigadier-General Chol Deng Achiek, told Radio Tamazuj on Wednesday that the incident occurred at a tea joint at the Wuncuei area.
“After he removed bullets from his gun for cleaning, one bullet was left behind. That bullet was later fired accidentally seriously injuring a man at the kiosk. Hours later, the man succumbed to his injuries at Bor Hospital,” he said.
Achiek added, “The incident was accidental. It had nothing to do with a communal land dispute as was reported by a section of media.”
The police officer pointed out that the security situation is calm in the town.
Major Majak Daniel Tuor, the state police spokesperson, said the suspect escaped after the incident but the police have launched a manhunt and an investigation.
“No arrest has been made so far. The killer has escaped. As police, we had launched an investigation into the killing,” he noted.
In 2018, an officer with South Sudan Prison Service died after a grenade he was carrying accidentally exploded at his house in Bor town.