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S Sudan cattle raid leaves 70 dead

30 January 2012, 18:34

Juba - An official in South Sudan says more than 70 people were killed in a recent cattle raid.

Interior Minister Alison Manani Magaya said on Monday that a Nuer tribe from Unity state attacked a Dinka community in neighbouring Warrap state on Saturday. He said 70 people were wounded and attackers took more than 4 000 cattle.

The Warrap attack is the latest in a series of cattle raids since December. Ongoing raids between Nuer, Murle and Dinka communities have killed hundreds. The United Nations estimates over 120 000 people have been affected in Jonglei state alone.

Magaya said authorities had not found any links connecting the attacks in Warrap to violence in Jonglei.

South Sudan broke away from Sudan in July and is struggling to contain internal violence that has plagued the region for years.

- AP

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