Juba - Over 100 people have been killed in a cattle raid
in South Sudan's Warrap state, a local information minister told UN radio, the
latest atrocity in the war-torn nation.
"We lost about 28 civilians" in a remote cattle
herders' camp in the remote northern state, Warrap State Information Minister
Bol Dhel told the UN-backed Miraya FM radio, adding that police and soldiers
then chased the attackers, killing 85.
"Some of them [the attackers] were recaptured on the
swamp areas going to Unity State," Dhel added.
South Sudan is awash with guns, and raids between rival
communities and ethnic groups are common.
However, the country has also been riven by a brutal
civil war since mid-December in which thousands have been killed and forced
around a million people to flee their homes.
The fighting is between soldiers loyal to President Salva
Kiir against mutinous troops who sided with Riek Machar, sacked as
vice-president in 2013.
The conflict has also taken on an ethnic dimension,
pitting Kiir's Dinka tribe against militia forces from Machar's Nuer people.
However, it was not immediately clear if the cattle raid
was connected to the ongoing conflict.