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Baby killed, two children abducted in Bor

By Deng Gai Deng

Authorities in Jonglei state said an eight-month-old baby girl was killed and 2 brothers abducted by armed criminals in Bor over the weekend. The state police’s Spokesperson John Mawut Ngang told Juba Monitor that the incident took place at Makol-Cuei Boma of Baidit Payam, Bor South County.

“The woman was on her way from Magook going to Makol-cuei, between Makol-cuei and Pagok they met with armed cattle raiders and cattle raiders abducted 3 children and took them to the bush. They later killed the girl child and took 2 boys.  They move with them together with their mother up to midnight where they released their mother and took the children,” said Mawut.

Mawut said the children’s mother was abducted and later freed unhurt during the incident.

He said the police were not able to trace the abductors due to the lack of vehicles, ammunition and poor roads to pursue armed criminals.  

“There are many challenges because there are no roads accessibility to pursue criminals, roads are not there and the bushes are thorny. The police could not move inside the bush while it is thorny,” he added.

The authorities blame the attack on suspected armed criminals from the Greater Pibor Administrative Area.

Mawut urged Bor residents to take extra precautionary measures before they could embark on journeys. 

He said the attack created panic in parts of the county and warned that such incidents may derail the ongoing initiatives aimed at restoring peace to the restive Jonglei region. 

Pibor Administrative Area coordinator Peter Ajak says authorities in the area are carrying out peace awareness and are trying to prevent youth from attacking other communities.

“The chief administrator is moving in the area talking to the communities about peace. But you know in any community there are wrong elements that don’t listen to the authorities and go around committing crimes,” Ajak said.

Ajak urged Jonglei and greater Pibor authorities to work together and find effective ways to end the cycle of violence in the region.

On June 11, President Kiir formed a committee to end the recurring violence in the region.  Killing of innocent lives and abduction of young children has been common in greater Jonglei.

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