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Botched Tonj North cattle raid leaves one dead, eight injured

Botched Tonj North cattle raid leaves one dead, eight injured
An armed cattle keeper in a Tonj county, Warrap State. Cattle are said to be a major cause of conflict among pastoralist communities in South Sudan | Credit | Courtesy

At least one person is confirmed dead and eight others injured after unidentified suspected cattle raiders attempted to raid cattle in Tonj North County, Warrap State.

The incident happened on Saturday around 12 PM at Damagoro grass land in Alabek Payam. The deceased was identified as Deng Kueth Maguar, 24.

Police officer in the area, James Monydhar, says  the suspected raiders were repulsed by a police unit deployed in February to protect cattle camps.

“The cattle herders fought with them until they were repulsed back without taking any cow,” he told Mayardit FM on Tuesday.

Monydhar said  one of the injured lost his one eye while others sustained less severe injuries, some of whom were were referred to Wau hospital for specialized treatment.

James urged authorities in Unity State, where he believes the attackers came from, to deploy joint forces in the hot spot areas with unrest cattle raid.

Nearly two weeks ago, one person was killed and three others wounded, and 235 heads of cattle were reportedly raided inthe neighboring Gogrial East County.