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Cattle raid kills 4 in Jonglei, South Sudan.

By John Actually October 16, 2011 (BOR) - At least four people have been killed and three others wounded in a cattle raid in Jale payam [district] of Bor county on Saturday, according to a local official.

Kuol Bol, MP of Jale Payam to Jonglei state assembly, , October 16 2011, (John Actually - ST)

Kuol Bol, MP of Jale Payam to Jonglei state assembly, , October 16 2011, By John Actually

In a statement made on Sunday, the MP for the area Kuol Bol told Sudan Tribune that in 240 heads of cattle were stolen from Akot village in Kuei boma [sub-district] at Jale payam, north of Bor county and about 38 miles away from Bor town. Bol said the identity of the 70-80 attackers was unknown but suspected that the gunmen were Murle tribesmen, from neighbouring Pibor county. In August Murle attacks on Pibor county killed an estimated 600 people and displaced thousands. Women and children were reported to have been abducted. The raid was in response to a Nuer raid on the Murle in June, which killed around 400 people according to local reports. One woman Nyidhuor Mading and three men, Achuk Kuach-yier Akuot, Malek Deng Okh and Manyok Ayom Magong, were killed. Kuol said Mading was killed while she was attempting to escape with some of her cattle when attackers surged into her village. Four people were injured in the attack: Chol kelei, Nhial Maluk Nhial, Chol Wel Angar and Jok Atong Anyieth, is said to have serious injury to his leg. The wounded were evacuated to Bor state hospital for further medcal attention according to the MP. A source from Jale told Sudan Tribune on phone that about 240 herds of cattle were looted. The security situation in Jale remains tense. Many people had to run for their lives when the raid began. The local MP blamed Jonglei's poor security situation on a lack of forces in the area. "The few available police are poorly armed and poorly motivated", said Bol. Jonglei's terrible road network and rains make it difficult for security services to respond to incidents, the police and army say. The takes place less than two weeks after a peace and reconciliation meeting between the Murle and Nuer tribes was held earlier this month. The meeting, initiated in Bor by South Sudan Council of Churches, brought together, around 100 MPs from both Juba national assembly and Jonglei assembly met in Bor from October 7-8. Leaders from both communities pledging to try and persuade their young men to stop the cycle of violence end hostilities peacefully. Bol said the attack showed that Murle people are not interested in peace. "This attack is an indication that Murle local communities are not interested in the peace and reconciliation initiatives", Bol said. "Our government should intervene so this peace initiatives are hindered", Bol said. Bol said child abduction and raiding activities caused by Murle on Bor communities is continuing and immediate intervention from the government, South Sudan Council of Churches and other peace loving agencies is needed. According to Bol, Murle youth are living in the bush around Bor county trying to cause more insurgencies before they are disarmed. "I call up on the government of Jonglei state, the national government , South Sudan Council of Churches and other peace loving agencies to swiftly intervene by asking the local government authorities in Pibor and Murle traditional leaders to kindly trace and return the looted cattle to owners", Bol stressed. "The government security forces should apprehend and bring the criminal[s] to face the charges of brutality in the court of law", he continued. "This will enhance the ongoing efforts to attain the comprehensive peace in the region". Twic East, Duk and Bor MPs said they will sit on Monday 17 to condemn the killing in Jale at this crucial time when peace was expected instead of more dead through violence in the state. South Sudan became independent in July after a 2005 peace deal with north Sudan. Despite being self-governed for over six years cattle raiding and various rebel groups have hindered the new country's development. Sudan Tribune was unable to reach both the commissioners of Bor and Pibor counties for comment. (ST)

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Date:Oct 17, 2011
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