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EES sends joint force to Hiyala to quell clashes

EES sends joint force to Hiyala to quell clashes
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Authorities in Eastern Equatoria State have dispatched a joint security force to the intercommunal conflict-rocked Hiyala area in Torit County, an official has said.

This follows an intercommunal conflict between Haforiere and Hiyala villages which occurred on Wednesday last week.

The Torit County Commissioner, Hon Jacob Atari, says the fighting broke out between the two villages over cattle raid and revenge attack.

“The conflict was caused by cattle raiding and revenge killing. It happened when an aggrieved man attacked the other village, killing someone. And another person also went and killed from the other side,” Atari told Singaita FM on Monday.

He said at least three people were killed in the intercommunal clashes – two from Hiyala and one from Haforiere.

The official blamed both the communities for failing to maintain peace and order despite a series of peace talks conducted between the two villages.

He says the joint force, which comprises of regular police and National Security Service soldiers, will keep restore calm and establish those behind the conflict.

He urges the entire communities to refrain from revenge attacks and cattle raiding.