29 killed, scores injured in S. Sudan tribal clashes

South Sudan slid into chaos late last year when President Salva Kiir accused a group of army leaders allied to sacked vice president Riek Machar of attempting a coup against his government.

29 killed, scores injured in S. Sudan tribal clashes

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 29 people were killed and 100 others injured in two separate clashes in South Sudan, according to official accounts on Sunday.

Twenty-five people were killed and 100 injured during clashes between two tribes in a Rumbek County of central Lakes State, the latter's Governor Matur Chut Dhuol told Anadolu Agency.

Dhuol said that provincial authorities sent a number of dignitaries after security forces failed to reach the troubled area.

One tribe has attacked the other in retaliation for clashes which have erupted last April, Dhuol added.

Earlier, at least four were killed in clashes which erupted after an Arab tribe attacked a tribe in the disputed Abyei region with Sudan and stole 66 cattle, the non-Arab tribal leader Sultan Belbek Deng Kuol told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.

Kuol claimed that the raiders, who belong to an Arab tribe loyal to Khartoum, were joined by men dressed in Sudanese military uniform and that the attack "seemed organized."

Sudanese authorities could not be reached for comment.

South Sudan slid into chaos late last year when President Salva Kiir accused a group of army leaders allied to sacked vice president Riek Machar of attempting a coup against his government.

Hundreds of thousands have since been displaced by subsequent fighting, while the conflict has created a serious humanitarian crisis for large swathes of South Sudan's population.

South Sudan's warring rivals signed a peace deal in Addis Ababa in May, following a January cessation of hostilities agreement. Neither deal, however, succeeded in ending ongoing hostility by both sides.

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