Intercommunal fighting in the northern part of South Sudan has killed at least 37 people and injured 80 more in the South Sudan’s Warrap State. Officials say an investigation is underway to find out what sparked the conflict. James Dak Karlo, National Police Service deputy spokesperson said fighting between armed youths erupted on Sunday.
The inter-clan conflict is emerging again in Warrap as a result of cattle rustling
“The inter-clan conflict is emerging again in Warrap as a result of cattle rustling,” Karlo said in a statement issued in Juba. The official said the intercommunal fightin that set numerous houses ablaze occurred on Sunday morning.
He said authorities in the region are making efforts to reinforce the security situation in the areas affected to contain the situation which is rapidly deteriorating, noting that the government will bring culprits to book.
Since 2019, South Sudan has been experiencing a surge in communal violence in Jonglei, Warrap and Lakes states mainly due to cattle rustling, child abduction and revenge killing.
Warrap is a state in South Sudan located in the Bahr el Ghazal region. It has an area of 31,027 km². Kuajok is the capital of Warrap state. The state is home to the Luanyjang, Twic, Jur-Man Anger, Bongo and Rek subtribes of Nilotic ethnicity.
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