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14 more lose lives to Tonj violence

Author: Priscah Akol | Published: Wednesday, November 11, 2020

A cattle camp in South Sudan. The latest fighting in Cuei-bet was reportedly triggered by the killing of SSPDF officer | File photo Courtesy

At least 14 people have reportedly been killed in fresh communal violence in Warrap State.

More than 47 others have also been wounded in the Tuesday cattle-related clashes.

According to the former press secretary of the defunct Tonj state, the fighting was triggered by cattle rustling between Luacjang and Adoor section.

“The fighting resulted in the death of 14 people from both sides – six from greater Luacjang and eight from Jalwau,” Gabriel Awan told Eye Radio on Wednesday.

He says over 200 cows were also raided and have not been recovered.

Awan appealed to the national government to intervene in the matter.

There have been a series of similar clashes in the area.

In August, nearly 130 people were killed in Tonj following clashes between the government disarmament forces and armed youth – commonly known as Gelweng.

The army has since not declared the resumption of the disarmament exercise. Local leaders say the youth are still heavily armed.

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