JUBA – At least 2 people have been killed and 3 others injured following a deadly cattle raid on Thursday at Kworijik in Mangalla Payam of Central Equatoria State in South Sudan, a local official said.
The attacks were carried out by suspected Murle armed raiders from the Greater Pibor area, Sebit Lino Malou, Terekeka County Commissioner.
“We came to discover that they are Murle after killing one of them. This is the first time; they have been raiding cattle, goats, and chickens and abducting children,” Malou told Dawn in an interview on Thursday.
Malou disclosed that the armed attackers’ had also raided an undisclosed number of cattle.
“They have raided all the cattle and killed 1 person and 3 others injured. 1 person was also killed from their side during the attack at cattle camp,” Malou said.
“This incident occurred today (Thursday) at Kworijik in Mangalla Payam. The Murle attack and raided cattle and up to now, youth are after them and they have not yet recovered the cattle.”
Malou stressed the need to initiate peace dialogue between communities in order to restore peace and stability.
“We want both local authorities in Central Equatoria and the Greater Pibor Administrative area to sit down and resolve this issue amicably. If this fighting continues like this, it may result in the conflict between the authorities in two states in long run,” he said.
He said expressed fears of another attack as armed Murle raiders are reported to be hiding in the bush.
“The security situation in Terekeka County is normal but in Mangalla and Gemeza, the security situation is very bad because there is a report that armed Murle youth are still in the bush,” he said.
Tuesday, three people were killed in a cattle-related attack in Gemeza area, Terekeka County of Central Equatoria state.