Investigations launched into South Sudan Jonglei state cattle raids

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Boy covered in dung-ash to ward off mosquitos in a cattle camp in Terekeka, South Sudan © Hannah McNeish/IRIN

A team of investigators are in South Sudan's Jonglei state to probe Sunday's deadly attack that resulted in many deaths and injuries, according to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The Mission flew police, human rights and civil affairs officers together with their Sudanese counterparts to Jonglei to identify the attackers and determine the correct number of casualties.

The various cattle raids that took place in Twic East County "have resulted in high numbers of people killed or wounded".

One attack was on Paliau cattle camp in Ajong Payam, and the other was in Maar cattle camp in Pakeer Payam, with subsequent attacks in a couple of other locations.

The UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) has evacuated a total of 31 seriously wounded civilians to Bor and Juba.

A helicopter has been dispatched to the area by the agency, to continue the medical evacuations.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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