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27 killed, dozens wounded in Lakes state raid

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July 13, 2015 (RUMBEK) – Over 27 people, who included women and children, were confirmed dead following cattle raiding incident that occurred at Papul cattle camp in South Sudan’s Lakes state Sunday.

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A cattle keeper carrying a gun in Lakes state (File/ST)

The Yirol West county commissioner, George Kuac suspects the attack was carried out by pastoralist youth from Rumbek East, Rumbek North and Rumbek Central counties.

Kuac, who visited the cattle camp on Sunday, said majority of those wounded were mainly women and children caught up in crossfire.

“The wounded people were taken to Yirol West hospital for medical care,” adding that scored of dead bodies were seen on the ground being fed on by hyenas and birds.

“I have just collected wounded people [and taken them] to hospital. I left all dead bodies on the ground in the battlefield. My mission is to report what happened. I have no manpower to bury those who died in fighting,” Kuac told Sudan Tribune by phone.

Matur Mathiang, a youth member who led a peaceful demonstration in Yirol West county on Monday, also confirmed that 27 people, including 6 women and 7 children were killed.

The protestors, in their petition, urged the state government to employ minimum use of force while handling peace demonstrators. Some youth, however, accused the caretaker governor of allegedly introducing divide and rule policy to govern the state.

Traditional leaders, intellectuals, youth and activists have called upon South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, to remove caretaker governor, Matur Chut Dhuol for having failed to manage state security, but such calls have been overlooked by the president.

Local police say authorities have become increasingly isolated, as the public hardly share information with law enforcers, making it hard to maintain law and order in the region.

(ST)

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  • 14 July 2015 07:38, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    The message is incomplete about casualties from the victims and the attackers. the whereabouts of cattle is not also clear whether they are rescued or taken by the assailants.

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    • 14 July 2015 09:02, by Joseph Canada

      The Leadership of Kiir have proven to fail the country. Look at such killings and promotion of divid and rule. Mudari killing in Juba, Granade attack, Rebalion , arresting of Youth with out reason, shooting someone because the person refuse to get off the chiar while smoking his shisha by a Soldier... wow what a leadership!! this is what Museveni want to see in the ROSS!!!!.. Kiir!! what the heck

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      • 14 July 2015 16:48, by Force 1

        Joseph;
        You don’t like what you see then find somewhere else you would like and be proud of and stop the bullshit.

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  • 14 July 2015 17:04, by Realist

    "Local police say authorities have become increasingly isolated, as the public hardly share information with law enforcers, making it hard to maintain law and order in the region"
    If that is the case, all local police should be fired and replaced with authorities who can positively interact civilians.

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