Tribal violence in South Sudan kills 47

January 17, 2012 19:26

JUBA - Around 47 people have been killed in tribal violence in South Sudan, the latest in a cycle of attacks that have displaced some 60,000 people in the new African nation, officials said on Tuesday.

South Sudan became independent in July under a 2005 peace agreement with Khartoum to end decades of civil war. But the government has been struggling to end tribal and rebel violence killing at least 3,000 last year.

The violence broke out in the vast Jonglei state in December, when the Lou Nuer attacked settlements of the rival Murle tribe. Local officials have said as many as 2,000 people may have died, although UN officials say the toll is likely to be much lower.

Philip Thon Leek Deng, a local leader and member of parliament, said a youth militia from the Murle tribe attacked Duk Padyet in Jonglei late on Monday, mostly killing young children, women and old people from the Lou Nuer tribe.

"They did not take cattle. They were only coming for annihilation," Deng told reporters in Juba.

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