South Sudan clashes; almost 100 killed: Officials

Clashes in south Sudan have killed almost 100 people in separate cattle raids and rebel attacks in the past week, officials said.

Updated: Jun 15, 2011, 20:13 PM IST

Juba: Clashes in south Sudan have killed
almost 100 people in separate cattle raids and rebel attacks
in the past week, officials said on Wednesday, as the soon-to-be
independent state struggles to contain bloody violence.

In Warrap state, 29 people were killed after an attack
on Monday by rebels led by Peter Gadet, a former southern
general turned militia commander.

"These people were killed in an attack by those rebels
of Gadet, coming from Unity state, and the dead included two
police officers," said Philip Aguer, southern army spokesman.

The southern army has battled at least seven different
rebel militia groups in recent months, with the scale of
violence raising concern for the plight of civilians, as the
region gears up for independence due in less than a month.

Meanwhile, separate battles between heavily armed
cattle raiders last week have left at least 71 people dead in
Lakes state, local officials there said.

Deadly clashes over livestock between south Sudan`s
Toposa tribesmen and the Kenyan ethnic Turkanas in a remote
area of the countries` shared border were also reported today.

Clashes over cattle are common in south Sudan and
Kenya`s remote north, where herders are often armed.

PTI