37 people mainly children and women were killed in a surprise attack launched by unknown gunmen in the South Sudan largest State of Jonglei, an official has revealed.
Mr. Deng Dau Deng, Member of Parliament representing Twic East Constituency of Jonglei State told the press in Juba that, the attackers launched gunfire and torching of houses in eight villages of Twic East County and Jale Payam of Bor yesterday at around 4pm.
Based on unconcluded findings, 37 people were killed, unknown number of houses burnt and an estimated 3,000 cattle were raided by the armed men.
People now are scared and terrified. The situation is very horrible because foodstuffs and houses were burnt down,” Deng said.
Meanwhile, the South Sudan National Assembly sent a team of parliamentarians to assess the situation for further solutions.
Deng said this is the latest insecurity incidence in the Jonglei State after an estimated 600 people were killed in another inter-tribal clash in August this year and hundreds of civilians were displaced.
Jonglei State is one of the States in South Sudan where the UN peace keepers were deployed to maintain peace and stability. However, Deng said the peace keepers were not deployed in all the payams and counties in the State.
He further said that, the attackers targeted areas where the Sudan People’s Liberation Army were not fully deployed hence the protection of civilians was impossible.