Gok state tribal vendetta killed 44: official

File photo: Armed youth from Lakes state. (Gurtong)

A wave of tit-for-tat attacks between two communities in South Sudan’s Gok
State on 5 August left 44 people dead, a senior state official said Tuesday.

Gok Governor Madhang Majok Meen told Radio Tamazuj today that at least 44
people were killed and 62 others wounded after revenge attacks between the
Ayiel and Waat sections of the Dinka tribe in the state.He further said the
incident started after armed youths from the Waat section killed a man from
the Ayiel at a cattle camp.

Meen explained that the fighting at the cattle camp sparked a wave of
retaliatory attacks in Cueitbet town. The governor complained about the
proliferation of arms in the hands of civilians in Gok state.He pointed out
that the state government plans to collect all firearms from the civilians
in the state through local chiefs.

Meen noted that they have not yet arrested those involved in the recent
revenge attacks.The senior state official urged the people of his state to
refrain from violence for the sake of peace and stability. He stressed that
the state government will apply tough penalties against whoever involved in
the attacks.

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