At least 223 people died in clashes between cattle rustlers and villagers in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, said Kuol Manyang, governor of the neighboring Jonglei state.
Another 100 people were wounded and more than 150 women and children abducted in raids in Nasir country from March 9 to March 11, Manyang said in a phone interview yesterday from Bor, Jonglei’s capital. The victims were ethnic Lou Nuer from Akobo county in Jonglei, while the attackers were Murle, he said.
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country said it was aware of reports of attacks on March 9 at Lou Nuer camps on the border areas of South Sudan and Ethiopia.
“The mission has sent teams to the area to investigate the circumstances of the clashes,” Kouider Zerrouk, spokesman for the UN Mission in South Sudan, said in a phone interview yesterday. “At this stage, Unmiss is not in a position to verify the facts in relation to these events or the number of casualties.”
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