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 17 of the attackers were killed and 14 soldiers, who were accompanying the cattle-moving tribe, also died.
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. The commissioner said survivors of the attack saw the assailants use rocket-propelled grenades in addition to machetes and spears.
Joyul said the attackers were 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, Yau Yau launched a rebellion after failing to win a parliamentary seat in the Sudanese general elections in April 2010.
The attacks on Lou Nuer pastoralists in Akobo came just over one year after a wave of cattle raids and counterattacks between Lou Nuer and Murle. A U.N. Mission in South Sudan report on the attacks estimates nearly 900 people were killed between late December 2011 and early February 2012.