Some unknown gunmen raided and had 20 people abducted from the north-western Yumbe District, which borders South Sudan, causing fear in the country.
The attack in Lewa village, a farmland in Kochi parish, took place on Monday night, residents, local officials said.
Authorities are yet to pinpoint the whereabouts of those who were taken, but a local official says that it is likely that they are now over the border in South Sudan.
It is thought that the attackers themselves are from South Sudan.
A local media organization quoted a local army official Lt Andrew Kandiho as saying that the attackers also took goats and other provisions. He said:
“We are also working jointly with security operatives in South Sudan to ensure those people are returned.”
The gunmen earlier plundered another village in Moyo District, taking away their goats and food stuff, District Internal Security Officer (DISO), Lt Andrew Kandiho said in a statement.
Uganda, he said, has deployed more troops at the porous border extending across Moyo-Kajo Keji County.
There has lately been growing threats in parts of South Sudan closer to the Ugandan border, raids that authorities blame on forces loyal to renegade SPLA general Peter Gatdet Yaka, who chairs the Provisional Political Committee (FDP) and Provisional Military Council (SSAF).
Maj Gen Gatdet’s forces operate mostly in the Upper Nile after he fell out with now South Sudan vice president, Dr Riek Machar, at the time the latter commanded the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army–In-Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) rebel group.
The snowballing lawlessness in the two large neighbouring countries, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo, has, according to officials, imposed on West Nile the burden of insecurity due to proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
However, the officials said every effort is being made to reach the abductees and get them rescued through their intelligence networks at the borders and the South Sudan government.
Security has withheld particulars of the 20 people abducted in order not to jeopardise their safety or ongoing inquiries.