11 Soldiers Dead After Clashing With Pastoralists Youth In Rumbek East

11 SPLA soldiers were killed in Akot military barracks by Akot pastoralists’ youth last weekend in what has been described as a revenge attack after one of them was gunned down by the soldiers.

RUMBEK, June 9, 2015 [Gurtong]-A group of SPLA soldiers travelling on the highway in Rumbek East County attempted to disarm one pastoralist youth who resisted leaving the soldiers with no choice but to gun him down.
This later provoked the youth hence went out to revenge killing 11 soldiers on the spot.

A joint security force was later deployed in Akot Payam after houses and shops were burnt down.
Soldiers are alleged to have seized the cows of the pastoralists demanding community leaders to handover those who killed their colleagues.

Marial Amuom Malek, Lakes State Security Advisor acknowledged that the seized cows belonged to the suspected pastoralist’s youth.

“Our aim is that those youth who killed security personnel in Akot military barracks should handover themselves to government and then we can release their cows, “said Marial Amuom.

Meanwhile, the Rumbek Youth Union’s Chairlady in Nairobi said that burning of civilian houses and shops is a crime and should be looked into.

“Those who burnt down civilians houses in Akot Payam had acted in an unlawful way. They should be held accountable.”  Awut added that “burning down their mud homes, does that change anything in the government structure.”   

She condemned the attack between the pastoralists’ youth and the security forces in Akot Payam of Rumbek East County.

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