More than 20 killed in South Sudan violence

Last Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 22:12

Juba: Officials in South Sudan say more than 20 people have been killed in clashes triggered by cattle rustling, including medical workers slaughtered in a rampage by security forces.

Officials said the killings began after raiders stole at least 750 cattle last weekend.

Felix Otuduha, a spokesman for Eastern Equatoria state, said on Thursday that seven security forces, five cattle rustlers and two civilians died in a clash on Monday.

Following that clash, the government sent 150 soldiers and police after the cattle raiders. David Mayo Nailo, a member of Parliament, said the security forces, enraged by the thefts and violence, attacked a hospital, killing four medical staff and a patient. He said the soldiers then set fire to the hospital.

Most of South Sudan`s internal clashes take place between rival tribes.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 22:12

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