There are at least 103 dead in a cattle raid that took place in Akobo county. Reportedly, the 103 dead was the result of an attack on a convoy that was carrying livestock farmers protected by soldiers in the eastern state of Jonglei South Sudan, an official said today.
Members of the Lou Nuer ethnic group migrated with their herds to wetter regions escorted by an Army platoon when they were attacked by rebels. The rebels are believed to be members of a group led by David Yau Yau, according to Yahoo!
Reports characterized the assailants as having "a huge force with automatic weapons," which relates to the different types of militias operating in those regions and frequently perform such actions.
As usual, Walgak settlers had begun their yearly migration to more humid regions with their livestock, because of the arrival of Jonglei summer dry grasslands. Although the group of farmers were with an SPLA force, they were no match for rebels armed with rocket-propelled grenades.
The governor of Jonglei, Kuol Manyang, said the group of farmers "were escorted by an army platoon when they were attacked by a massive force with automatic weapons," adding that the attack "left 103 people dead." So far it is unknown whether police authorities have captured any of the rebels.