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News: South Sudanese gunmen cross border, kill half a dozen people in Gambella region

Abula Ubong, Gambella regional police commissioner

By Getahun Tsegaye @GetahunTsegay12

Addis Abeba, January 21/2022 – The Gambella region police commission stated that militiamen from neighboring South Sudan crossed borders and launched an attack on the region leaving eight people dead and five others injured. According to the police commission, the gunmen are from South Sudan’s Murle tribe. The onslaught took place in Bakankan Kebele located in Akobo woreda of the Nuer zone, the police said. 

The regional police commissioner Abula Ubong said that there’s a tendency for armed groups to go in and out of the region. He elaborated, “It is summer and the border is long and unguarded.” He recalled that the gunmen abducted two children, killed a member of the regional police, and stole 71 heads of cattle last week. 

The Commissioner added that the state is currently using its special forces and militias to maintain peace and security. He called on the local community to be vigilant and report the movement of the armed group to the security forces.

According to Abula, the armed group from the Murle tribe crossed borders and entered the Nuer and Anuwa zones and abducted dozens of children, killed more than 170 people, and took more than 2,000 cattle a couple of years ago. 

He further recalled that the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) was able to return more than 100 abducted children to their families by crossing over to South Sudan and raiding the area where the armed group resides. AS

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