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Seven Killed as Sudan Nomads Raid South Sudan

  • Hou Akot Hou

Police officers patrol in Kiir Adem in South Sudan, where six policemen were killed at the weekend in a raid blamed on nomads from Sudan. (Courtesy)

Police officers patrol in Kiir Adem in South Sudan, where six policemen were killed at the weekend in a raid blamed on nomads from Sudan. (Courtesy)

Seven people were killed and six wounded in the latest attacks on South Sudanese communities in the demilitarized border area between the two countries, officials said Monday.

Northern Bahr el Ghazal officials are blaming the attacks, which targeted the Kiir Adem settlement, on Sudanese nomadic groups.

In the latest violence along the border, Sudanese nomads are said to have attacked the Kiir Adem settlement twice Sunday. Six police officers and one civilian were killed in the fighting, and six more police officers were wounded, officials said.

Sudanese nomads have launched several attacks on communities in South Sudan since the two countries pulled their troops from the disputed areas as part of a peace agreement. Six people were killed and five injured in other attacks that were launched after the troop withdrawal was completed last month.

Last week, the South Sudanese government accused Khartoum of doing nothing to stop cross-border attacks by nomads.

Juba has filed a complaint about the border raids with the United Nations Interim Security Forces for Abyei, or UNISFA, which is tasked with monitoring the troop withdrawals from the border area by both sides and maintaining security in the buffer zone created by the withdrawal.

With less than 1,000 UNISFA peacekeepers monitoring a region formerly controlled by tens of thousands of South Sudanese troops, locals had voiced concerns of a security vacuum.
South Sudanese officials have called on UNISFA to step up its presence in the border area, and on Khartoum to take action to stop the deadly raids.

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