At least 38 people were killed, and 44 others wounded in an armed attack on Duk Padiet in Jonglei state on Friday. Speaking to Radio Tamazuj, Elijah Manyok, Executive Director of Duk County claimed the attackers were armed youth from Greater Pibor Administrative Area.
“Duk Padiet town was attacked at 6 am. 38 people, including five children and six women, were killed. Five homes were burnt to ashes. Those attackers are armed Murle youth in military uniforms,”
The incident occurred amidst communal clashes involving communities from Jonglei state and Greater Pibor Administrative Area. Elijah feared of rise in the death tolls saying some people sustain serious injuries.
Major-General Joseph Mayen Akoon, the state police commissioner, said police could not provide security due to logistical challenges.
Philip Thon Leek, a lawmaker representing Duk County in the national legislative assembly, said the ongoing fighting may deter efforts to reconcile the communities of the Greater Jonglei region.
“Today [Friday], 38 people were killed in Duk Padiet town. There was also an attack on Thursday in Poktap, where four people were killed and 11 injured. As a member of the Jonglei investigation committee, these continuous attacks will derail efforts to bring peace in Jonglei because we are unable to move to the locals,” he said.
Authorities in Pibor could not immediately be reached for comment.