328 killed in South Sudan attack
08 August 2013, 18:04
Juba - A leader of South Sudan's Murle community says 328
people from his group were killed in recent ethnic violence.
Jongolei Boyoris, a member of parliament in the Jonglei
State Assembly, said on Thursday most of the people killed in July clashes were
women and children. Boyoris said 32 children were abducted.
No central government official confirmed Boyoris' claim. The
United Nations also has not released any death tolls from the July battles,
which took place in an isolated, under-developed and hard-to-reach part of
While the death toll sounds astoundingly high, it is not
without precedent. A UN report investigating violence between Jonglei's Murle
and Lou Nuer communities in late 2011 and early 2012 found that 612 Murle and
276 Bor Dinka/Lou Nuer died in that bout of ethnic violence.