NNA – Twelve civilians have been killed in a contested oil-rich border region claimed by Sudan and South Sudan in what local government officials said Monday was a massacre by nomadic herdsmen.
The attack took place early Sunday at a village some 64 kilometres (40 miles) east of the main town in Abyei, a disputed region under UN protection since South Sudan gained independence in 2011.
Kon Manyiet Matiok, the deputy chief administrator of the Abyei Administrative Area, said armed Misseriya herders from Sudan stormed the village of the Dunguob before dawn.
“They attacked the area from three different directions, and the result was the killing of 12 people,” Matiok told AFP, adding that seven others were hospitalised with serious injuries.
Source: National News Agency-Lebanon