3 killed in rebel attack near S. Sudan's Jonglie State

The attack came shortly after government forces thwarted an onslaught by rebel forces on Gadiang in Jonglei State.

3 killed in rebel attack near S. Sudan's Jonglie State

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least three people were killed in an attack by forces loyal to sacked vice president Riek Machar in Mariang, near South Sudan's Jonglei State on Sunday, a lawmaker said.

"[When] they realized they were defeated, they came back and started burning government houses and people's homes," Philip Thon Leek Deng, a federal lawmaker representing Duke County, told Anadolu Agency.

The attack came shortly after government forces thwarted an onslaught by rebel forces on Gadiang in Jonglei State.

Deng earlier told AA that the rebel forces had moved through the Duke Country on their way to Gadiang without attacking anyone.

The lawmaker said that youths had mobilized to thwart any future attacks by rebel forces.

"However, the rebels are moving with far superior weapons than the youth can handle, but they are determined," he said.

South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December, when President Salva Kiir accused Machar of standing behind a failed coup attempt against his regime.

The violence has already claimed more than 10,000 lives.

The UN estimates that some 3.7 million South Sudanese are now "severely food insecure," while more than 867,000 have been displaced by the fighting.

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