Double clash in Juba County


 

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Eye Radio

Two clashes erupted in the then Central Equatoria State Juba County over the weekend both claiming lives.

At least five people have been killed in clashes between cattle keepers and farmers in Lobonok area in Jubek State.

John Lodu Tombe, a Member Parliament representing the area, says the two groups have been fighting each other over the past three days.

He said the conflict started after pastoralists abducted three people in the area; two were later recovered but a young boy is still missing. The pastoralists were not available for comment.

Hon. Lodu told Eye Radio that most of the residents of the area have fled their homes due to fear of further attacks.

“The bodies are still lying there because the population has run away from the area. Nobody can bury them,” Hon Lodu stated.

Hon. Lodu said the area was calm this morning. The origin of the cattle keepers is unclear.

Meanwhile local authorities said another fighting broke out in Juba’s Jopa area this morning.

The chief of the area, Lawrence Laku, says this is an escalation of an attack on Saturday.

Mr Laku says it was not clear what the cause was and who was fighting with the security forces in the area.

He could not specify the casualty figure, but said a child was among the dead.

“We called on the government to send us soldiers immediately,” Mr Laku added.

 

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