Six bodyguards for South Sudan’s Vice-President, James Wani Igga have been shot dead, the BBC has reported.
According to the report, two others were also wounded after their convoy was ambushed by rebels.
Spokesman Kalisto Lado has reportedly explained that Mr. Wani himself was not in the convoy when it came under fire at his home village of Lobonok, south of the capital, Juba, on Wednesday evening.
A vehicle the bodyguards were travelling in was destroyed and burnt by rebels from the National Salvation Front (NAS), Mr. Lado is reported as saying.
The group has not yet commented.
Mr Igga is one of five vice-presidents in South Sudan. He is in charge of economic affairs.
South Sudan gained its independence from the north in 2011, but has been plagued numerous conflicts.