127 dead as civilians and soldiers clash in S. Sudan

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South Sudanese soldiers sit in a pick-up truck at the military base in Malakal, northern South Sudan in this file photo.
South Sudanese soldiers sit in a pick-up truck at the military base in Malakal, northern South Sudan in this file photo.

TONJ — Clashes that erupted between soldiers and civilians during a disarmament exercise in the central South Sudanese town of Tonj have left 127 dead, the army spokesman said Wednesday.

“On the latest, the number of those killed, I can confirm to you that it rose to 127,” said the spokesman Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, adding that 45 of those killed were security forces and 82 were armed youths from the area.

More than six years after a civil war broke out in the country, and in the absence of a functioning government, many communities are flush with weapons, which they keep for protection or defense against cattle raids.

The violence in Tonj began after several armed youths got into a disagreement with soldiers. An initial armed confrontation was brought under control, but according to Koang, the youths mobilized others for an attack on the army position. — Agencies


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