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Over 10 people die in Rumbek clashes

Author: Priscah Akol | Published: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Herders near Rumbek town | File photo

At least 10 people, including health workers, have been killed in three separate incidents along Rumbek-Malek road in Rumbek North County.

The incidents in Lakes State happened on Sunday. A total of seven people were wounded.

According to the state police, the first incident involves killing among cattle keepers; while the second occurred when a vehicle carrying polio vaccines from Rumbek center to Malek fell into a crossfire.

Elijah Mabor Makuac, who is the police spokesperson, said one “health worker was killed and another has gone missing”.

Lakes State has continued to experience endless waves of communal violence, mainly fueled by revenge attacks, cattle raiding, and land grabbing.

Despite several disarmament exercises, local youth are still in possession of small firearms.

According to the UN mission in South Sudan, revenge attacks and cattle-related killings remain the biggest insecurity challenges after political violence subsided in the country following the signing of the revitalized peace agreement.

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