SUDAN WATCH: South Sudan: Heavy fighting reported between Lou-Nuer and Murle tribes

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

South Sudan: Heavy fighting reported between Lou-Nuer and Murle tribes

From Sudan Tribune 11 March 2009 by James Gatdet Dak - excerpt:
Heavy fighting reported between Lou-Nuer and Murle communities
March 10, 2009 (JUBA) – Authorities of Jonglei State on Tuesday reported deadly clashes between the Lou-Nuer clan and Murle tribe in the state. [...]

Governor Manyang said the fighting resulted to Lou-Nuer community capturing the Murle town of Kwangala - the second largest Murle community’s administrative headquarters after Pibor town.

The fighting was still continuing into other Murle areas.

Last month Lou-Nuer community leaders blamed the security forces in the state for failing to protect its citizens from the Murle attacks which left about 30 people dead and warned that the community would be left with no option but to defend itself against such attacks.

Governor Manyang said he discussed with President Salva Kiir the need to urgently deploy SPLA forces to stop the escalating fighting.

No casualties were yet reported as a result of the fighting.

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