JUBA, South Sudan — More than 100 people were killed in a violence-prone region of South Sudan when one tribe attacked another while cattle were being moved across land, officials said Sunday.
Kuol Manyang Juuk, the governor of Jonglei state, said 103 people died in the Friday clash in Akobo County. Juuk said that 17 of the attackers were killed and that 14 soldiers from South Sudan’s military who were accompanying the cattle-moving tribe also died.
Jonglei, in northeastern South Sudan, has been wracked by massive bouts of tribal violence for years. The United Nations says more than 2,600 violence-related deaths were reported in Jonglei from January 2011 to September 2012
Akobo County Commissioner Goi Joyul said the attack took place during a yearly migration in which members of the Lou Nuer ethnic group were driving cattle across the Sobat River. Joyul said the attackers in Friday’s violence are believed to be members of the rebel group led by David Yau Yau, a former member of the South Sudanese army from the Murle ethnic group.