At least 13 killed, 16 wounded in clashes in South Sudan

At least 13 killed, 16 wounded in clashes in South Sudan
# 14 June 2021 06:25 (UTC +04:00)

Inter-communal clashes in Rumbek East have left 13 people killed and 16 others wounded in South Sudan's restive region of Lakes state, local police said on Sunday, APA reports citing Xinhua.

Elijah Mabor Makuach, police spokesperson in the state said they have deployed soldiers to restore calm following fighting which started on Saturday between Gony and Theyieth communities.

"The fighting started on Saturday morning leading to 13 people killed and 16 wounded. The situation is now calm following the deployment of security forces," Makuach told Xinhua by phone on Sunday.

He disclosed that the two communities have for a decade been fighting each other.

The violence is often characterized by cattle raiding and revenge killings.

Lakes state is awash with illegal guns in the hands of the civil population.

Several attempts by state authorities to disarm civilians have not borne fruits, leading to casualties on both civilians and soldiers.

"The main challenge facing us in the state is the presence of arms in the hands of civilians; there are arms everywhere in lakes state. Civilians are in possession of arms in villages and cattle camps," said Makuach.

President Salva Kiir last week appointed former head of military intelligence Rin Tueny Mabor as governor of Lakes State, replacing Makur Kulang, following a rise in communal violence and armed attacks on aid workers.

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