Police authorities in Lakes state confirmed 17 people dead and 22 others wounded in fresh communal clashes that erupted over the weekend. The fighting was said to be between Athoi and Gony communities in Rumbek East.
Official says wounded persons were taken to Rumbek Hospital, and the police describe their condition as stable.
Captain Elijah Mabor Makuach is the police spokesperson in Lakes state.
He says the cause of fighting remains unclear, and police did not arrest any suspects.
Mabor assured the public that force had been deployed in the area to provide security to vulnerable people and road users.
“Since we heard that there is mobilization among the youth to fight, we assembled the few forces we have and sent them to the area to protect the town, residences, and people using the road. Their youth was well-armed, and the small force cannot stop them from fighting,” He said.
Several communal violence, Road ambushes, and revenge attack have been reported this year in Lakes state and the government effort to stop them remain invisible.