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February 1, 2014 (JUBA) - At least 42 people have been confirmed dead in South Sudan following an attack on two separate areas in Warrap state’s Tonj North county, local officials and residents said on Saturday.

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South Sudan’s Warrap state highlighted in red

Armed gunmen reportedly carried out simultaneous attacks on Friday in Juer in the Alabek payam in Lou Mawien Ariik and Keng in the Aliek payam in the Kongor area.

Thirty-five people, mostly women with children and the elderly, were killed in Juer at about 2am, with another 10 wounded in the attack.

Seven people were confirmed dead and 21 others injured after a separate attack in Keng, with some of the dead losing their lives before they were able to reach a local medical clinic for treatment, witnesses told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

Multiple sources also said an unknown number of cattle had also been driven away or raided by the assailants during the attacks.

It remains unclear who carried out the attacks and the armed group allied to former vice-president Riek Machar, currently leading an armed rebellion in the country, has not yet claimed any responsibility.

However, local officials claimed the attacks appeared to be coordinated and were carried out by a well-armed group dressed in military uniforms.

Officials from communities bordering Unity State have repeatedly accused the Warrap state government under the leadership of Nyandeng Malek - the sole female governor in the country – of failing to engage with the central government in Juba or adequately protect the civilian population.

Malek has also faced criticism for an ineffectual disarmament campaign, particularly in the so-called triangle areas straddling Lakes, Unity and Warrap states, where an illegal arms business continues to thrive.

Gogrial East county commissioner Wol Anei Anei said he had been briefed on the attack, but did not provide further details.

“We heard that there was attack yesterday. We will give you more details once we get them. What we have now is the report of 42 people killed and more others are wounded”, Anei said on Saturday.

The commissioner denied that governor Nyandeng had failed to provide adequate security.

“Some cows have been recovered when youth and the police received the information and run after the attackers. This was because the government was quick to share the information and mobilised resources. The youth also managed to capture more weapons, including RPGs and some light guns”, he said.

However, local legislators and residents claimed none of the lost cattle had so far been recovered, despite attempts by the home guard.

They claimed that the response to the attack had been slow and that the attackers had long since fled by the time youth were mobilised.

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  • 2 February 05:47, by Kenyan the cushite

    why women and children? instead of seeking justice for those initially killed because of tribal reasons nuear and dinkas have started a war that has killed thousands and starved millions who will die without aid. causing a refugee crisis. those ecouraging this fighting are savages and apes. africa does not need this. you are an embarassment to africans.

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  • 2 February 05:55, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    My blame direct to youth of Tony, why are they keeping silenc and leave their venurable people to be killed chicken? What they doing? That why am liking the youths of Lakes state due to their being warrior.

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    • 2 February 06:10, by Mi diit

      Ayiui,
      Cry baby. There are no youth in Dinka land. Youth like you are either thieves in Juba, some ran to Kenya and Uganda, some died in the war recently in Jonglei, others are cowards, just fearing to face Nuer youth, etc, etc. Even if you mobilize a million Dinka youth, they will not help you. That is why Kiir prefers Uganda army. Which youth will accept to die for thief called Kiir Kuethpiny??

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      • 2 February 06:27, by good leader

        that was just a first warning for Greater Bahr el Ghazal. in this month Greater B.G will be on fire where by fucked kiir will agreed to withdraw foreign forces.

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    • 2 February 06:13, by michael coma

      E mangok ce thook.The death of innocent people will not be tolerated.They attackers are Nuers for Riek Machar.Bahr el ghazal wake up it has reached your children,women and elderly men.Not for Buor again now.Lets united as greator Monyjang and face our common enemy without fear.

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    • 2 February 06:23, by Hardlinner

      Nyandeng malek need to organized gelweng forces to deal with primitive nuer militias. Those militias must be follow and eliminate. Where in the world would primitives wanted to rule country based their primitive model?. I think south sudan is the only place nowhere else . Nuer primitives, you need to know that ss is not jungle and therefore your jungle leadership must not be allowed.

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    • 2 February 06:39, by good leader

      Tony youth were all killed at Bor battle. that was why kiir brought UPDF to fight on behalf of cowards fucked dinka.as said by Mi Diit some survivors went to foreign countries to wash under wear of both men and women.

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  • 2 February 07:37, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Mi diit
    who told you am crying?
    Dinkas are not in position of mobilizing the youths for fighting, Dinkas, are termed it as a war between rebels Riak Machar and government, we know it, it is nonsene war. Dinkas youths are doing their own businesses that is why Nuers came and killed civilian in the scene of state Tony North.

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  • 2 February 07:53, by Marco Bul

    Does this mean none of the attackers was killed?? Let Warrap taste insecurity.The always call Dinka Bor cowards.I don’t understand how 3 counties(Dukeen,Twic East/Kongor Area and Bor County can fight 27,000 fully armed rebels.

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    • 2 February 08:12, by wang

      Marco Bul
      Your alike are not reporting the facts on grounds…more than 1,000 poor coward Jaang have already met with their final destinations since fighting erupted yesterday in that poorer state till we speaking…Warrap is in our first list and will be wipe off in this jungle, in a long run

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  • 2 February 08:29, by Kiir

    SHame on all Dinka for exaggerating death of children and women to 95% and put the death of men 5% in any attack. In everywhere in the world men are the ones dies before women and children. Why Dinka children and women dies first before men? Do u need help from Uganda civilian to protect u from Nuer civilian?

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  • 2 February 08:44, by wang

    Kiir
    Anything came out from Dinka’s mouth are rubbishes, No, single child or woman has killed in the Warrap State, it was army vs. army. Two SPLA divisions are in Warrap and Lake State, but lost against least than 2,000 of oppositions forces

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  • 2 February 09:43, by Gatluak

    Yes Yes Yes! Let Kiir plus his fellow stupid Dinka from Warrap, Lake and Aweil smell it this time. It’s just a matter of time...you guys should only cry louder for peace becuase its going to dry season it will be not very good in Warrap and Lake...who cry?

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    • 2 February 10:40, by Whortti Bor Manza

      You are up to the point Brother Gatluak,
      Even if Salva Kiir arms the Dinkas up to the teeth, they will never be safe in Warrap. Kiir should understand that distributing guns to illiterate tribesmen like relief food will only endanger the security of these cohorts. Let Salva test the blood of the innocent Nuers killed in cold blood in Juba.

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  • 2 February 10:38, by Joseph

    This is what expected, let people die in Warap. Kiir plan to reduce Nuer number by killing them in Juba, but now it’s coming to his state. what goes around come around.

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    • 2 February 19:52, by Amantiel Kem

      Look at these fools on the Facebook, the good war btn dictators and democrats is turned to tribal one. There are few stupid from both sides inciting it btn Nuer and Jaang. I personally has be a very good supporter of Riek and his groups but fools are making withdraw my support

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