At least 22 dead af­ter cat­tle raid in South Su­dan

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JUBA - Around 100 armed youths raided a cat­tle camp in north-western South Su­dan on Mon­day in an at­tack that left at least 22 peo­ple dead.

About 17 oth­ers were in­jured when the as­sailants from Eastern Lakes State stole about 90 cat­tle un­der gun­fire in the vil­lage of Tidilo in Terekeka State, State Min­is­ter David Laku Jombe told dpa.

“We have con­firmed 22 peo­ple dead, in­clud­ing women and chil­dren,” Jombe said.

Four cat­tle raiders were among the dead, ac­cord­ing to the state min­is­ter. Cat­tle raid­ing has oc­curred for cen­turies in the East African na­tion, and chil­dren are some­times ab­ducted dur­ing raids to be used as do­mes­tic slaves.

The raids of­ten carry an eth­nic com­po­nent. Mon­day’s at­tack was car­ried out by the Dinka tribe against the Mun­dari tribe.

De­spite the sign­ing of var­i­ous peace ac­cords, South Su­dan is in the midst of a bloody civil war that has taken tens of thou­sands of lives since a 2013 split be­tween Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir and his for­mer deputy Riek Machar.

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