JUBA – Authorities in Unity state’s Mayom County have confirmed that an attack believed to have been launched from neighboring Warrap state by armed youth has left at least 20 people dead including 12 children and 5 women.
The attack took place on Saturday morning and targeted a cattle camp belonging to religious leader Gatdeng, according to a former opposition official.
“Today, 03rd April 2021, the cattle camp of Mayom county’s spiritual leader Gatdengkuoth( Dengloth) came under serious a attack in Buode at 2:10 AM, by armed youths of kongor and Lou, where more than 20 people were confirm killed, they left twelve (12) children and five (5) women dead,” Gatkuoth Mut Turoah said in a statement to Sudans Post.
Gatkuoth who is previously the spokesman for late opposition leader Peter Gatdet said the “children [were] under the age of two (2) to seven (7) years and dozens injured. The attackers are believed to come from Warap state.”
He said around 10,400 herds of cattle were stolen only to recover more than half of it.
“They go with 10,400 herds of cattle but Mayom youths managed to recovered 5,700 herds and the youths are still pursuing the remaining herds of cattle,” he said.
“I am absolutely saddened by the gruesome slaughter of defenseless civilians of Mayom Community by a well-armed proxy youths from Warap state. This is condemned in the strongest terms possible. I have keenly followed the events of gross human murder unfolding in Unity state’s Mayom County for long time,” he added.
He further accused SSPDF soldiers in Warrap state as the main sponsors of the attack
“Government soldiers under division (3) in Mayienjur are the main sponsor and executer of such atrocities. We have recorded at least two (2) incidences where The cattle raiders are putting crystal military uniforms and heavily armed with machines guns,” he said.