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3 women, 2 soldiers killed in Twic attack

3 women, 2 soldiers killed in Twic attack
Aneet market a day after the initial fighting in February 2022 | Credit | Courtesy

At least five people have reportedly been killed, and six others wounded in the latest attack at Ajak Kuac Payam in Twic County, Warrap State.

The incident occurred during the wee Monday morning hours, according to the state minister of information.

William Wol said three people among the dead were family members – all females – and two SSPDF soldiers. They are yet to be identified.

He accused the armed youth from Rumamer County in Abyei Administrative Area of staging the deadly attack.

“We condemned the act because the government is working day and night to make sure that the Twic-Abyei conflict is resolved,” the minister stated. “But now it is a sad news to hear this irresponsible act.”

Wol further called on the Abyei administrative area to help in tracing the suspect to bring them to book.

In response, the Abyei Administrative Area denied Abyei youth were responsibility behind the attack and challenged Wol to produce evidence.

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Bol Koch Aguar, minister of information, said their armed youth have so far been asked to desist from attacking to allow the government find a peace resolution to the conflict.

He claimed: “We need peace, and therefore, it is our collective work to search for it. As a matter of fact, we are not aware of the youth that have launched an attack on people in Twic County. And if they believe they are youth from Abyei, then what are the pieces of evidence supporting that?”

In February 2022, the dispute between the two communities over the ownership of Aneet area led to deadly clashes.

Since then, armed youth from the two communities have been attacking each other.

This occurs despite conduct of several peace dialogues and a recommendation suggesting application of facts based on the 1956 Bahr el Ghazal-South Kordofan border.

So far, the intercommunal clashes have claimed about 170 lives.