Inter-communal clashes kill ten people in Jonglei

Members of an armed group in Akobo, Jonglei State (2006)

Authorities in Akobo County of Jonglei state-reported ten have died and several others wounded in inter-communal violence. An official said the clashes started on Tuesday in one of the villages between the two-militia group known as the white army.

Gatwech Reath Deng is the commissioner of Akobo County. He said the fighting started after two young men disagreed on an unspecified loan settlement at the Deng-Jok area.

He said the creditor demanded the payment of his money, but another man is alleged to have insulted the creditor, which provoked him to shoot and kill the man.

Deng said the other clan members went on revenge and killed two people from the other side, and the issue escalated into a confrontation between the two-armed group.

“It’s just a small incident that has expanded until it lost ten lives of people, including a woman and four people wounded,” Deng said

The commissioner said he had reported the incident to the governor of Jonglei state Hon. Denay Chagor and is waiting for their intervention.

Adding that the youth are heavily armed, and the local police force in the area cannot stop further violence.

Major General Joseph Mayen Akoon is the police commissioner in Jonglei state. He said they are trying to end the violence but finding it difficult because the local youth are heavily armed.

“Always when civilians are fighting among themselves it is challenging to deal with because the police force is not sufficient enough to create a buffer zone between the armed group,” Akoon said

The minister of local government and law enforcement, Simon Hoth Dual, said the state government engages the military and other organized forces to send the troops to the area and help the situation.

A recent report released by the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights accused the military and some politicians in Jonglei of fueling inter-communal violence and supplies of small fire armed to local militias that killed more than 700 people.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan urged the government of South Sudan to hold those accused of committing the killings and abductions accountable.

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