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Up to 19 people killed, 20 others wounded in cattle raid

At least 19 people have been killed and 20 others were injured in an apparent joined cattle raid carried out by armed youth from Southern Liech and Western Lakes states on Monday, authorities in the Eastern Lakes state said.

According to the report, cattle rustlers suspected to be from Southern Liech and Western Lakes states raided over five hundred heads of cattle from Dhiaudiet camp in the salt-lick area of Eastern Lakes state.

Abraham Majak Makur, Eastern Lakes state information minister said the incident happened after heavily armed youths from Southern Liech and Western lakes attacked the cattle camp.

“It was on Monday morning at 2: 00am when heavily armed youths believed to be from Southern Liech and western Lakes states made a joint attack at Dhiaudit cattle camp, killing 19 people and wounding 20 others with more than 100 cows killed on the process”.

Makur said the attackers were heavily armed with RPGs and Mortars ammunitions which he said the attackers used to bomb the cattle camp killing several people including old age and injured women.

He condemned the action of the raiders in the strongest terms possible terming it as inhuman behavior to kill people ruthlessly.

The information minister Makur  said efforts are underway by the two governors of Southern Liech and Western Lakes to bring the perpetrators to book.

He said the governor of the Eastern Lakes state went up to the scene of the incident in Pagarau to receive the victims and accompanied the wounded to Yirol Hospital for medication.

In response, the commissioner of Among-piny County of Western Lakes state, Mawet Manuer Kook denied the accusation that his youth had joined Southern Liech in aiding the cattle from the neighboring Eastern Lakes state.

He said, Western Lakes state cattle herders were not involved in the cattle rustling that took place in the Eastern Lakes state.

However, attempts by Juba Monitor to reach Southern Liech authorities for comments were futile.

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