Middle East

UN launches independent probe into South Sudan rampage

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 and released by Adriane Ohanesian, bullet holes are seen in the window of a room at the Terrain compound after it was looted the previous month in the capital Juba, South Sudan. On July 11, South Sudanese troops, fresh from winning a battle in Juba over opposition forces, went on a nearly four-hour rampage through a residential compound popular with foreigners, in one of the worst targeted attacks on aid workers in South Sudan's three-year civil war. (Adriane Ohanesian via AP)

    In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 and released by Adriane Ohanesian, bullet holes are seen in the window of a room at the Terrain compound after it was looted the previous month in the capital Juba, South Sudan. On July 11, South Sudanese troops, fresh from winning a battle in Juba over opposition forces, went on a nearly four-hour rampage through a residential compound popular with foreigners, in one of the worst targeted attacks on aid workers in South Sudan's three-year civil war. (Adriane Ohanesian via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 and released by Adriane Ohanesian, debris lies in the Terrain compound after it was looted the previous month in the capital Juba, South Sudan. On July 11, South Sudanese troops, fresh from winning a battle in Juba over opposition forces, went on a nearly four-hour rampage through a residential compound popular with foreigners, in one of the worst targeted attacks on aid workers in South Sudan's three-year civil war. (Adriane Ohanesian via AP)

    In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 and released by Adriane Ohanesian, debris lies in the Terrain compound after it was looted the previous month in the capital Juba, South Sudan. On July 11, South Sudanese troops, fresh from winning a battle in Juba over opposition forces, went on a nearly four-hour rampage through a residential compound popular with foreigners, in one of the worst targeted attacks on aid workers in South Sudan's three-year civil war. (Adriane Ohanesian via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 and released by Adriane Ohanesian, bullet holes are seen in a metal door that was shot open at the Terrain compound after it was looted the previous month in the capital Juba, South Sudan. On July 11, South Sudanese troops, fresh from winning a battle in Juba over opposition forces, went on a nearly four-hour rampage through a residential compound popular with foreigners, in one of the worst targeted attacks on aid workers in South Sudan's three-year civil war. (Adriane Ohanesian via AP)

    In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 and released by Adriane Ohanesian, bullet holes are seen in a metal door that was shot open at the Terrain compound after it was looted the previous month in the capital Juba, South Sudan. On July 11, South Sudanese troops, fresh from winning a battle in Juba over opposition forces, went on a nearly four-hour rampage through a residential compound popular with foreigners, in one of the worst targeted attacks on aid workers in South Sudan's three-year civil war. (Adriane Ohanesian via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The United Nations secretary-general is launching an independent investigation into allegations that U.N. peacekeepers did not respond to prevent multiple cases of abuse and sexual violence against foreigners and civilians in South Sudan's capital.

The spokesman for Ban Ki-moon said late Tuesday that the U.N. chief is alarmed by the July 11 attack on a compound popular with foreigners in Juba. The Associated Press this week reported that South Sudanese troops went on a nearly four-hour rampage through the compound in one of the worst targeted attacks on aid workers in the country's three-year civil war.

Several witnesses told the AP that soldiers shot dead a local journalist while forcing the foreigners to watch, raped several foreign women, singled out Americans, beat and robbed people and carried out mock executions.