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FIGHTING BETWEEN DINKA CATTLE HERDERS AND LOKOYA HAS SPILLED IN AGORO, MAGWI

Torit, 17 January 2021; Community clashes which started between Dinka Pastoralists and Lokoya ethnic tribe located in Eastern Equatoria state since a week ago have now spilled further in Agoro Payam in Acholi area, Magwi County. 
According to the source who spoke to this publication from the Agoro Payam this morning (Sunday) said fighting and sounds of light machine guns were heard coming from nearby mountains. 
“The sound of light machine guns has caused panic among the residents and women who have been going to harvest their products are unable to go to their gardens this morning.” said the unnamed source. 
According to the same source, it is unclear who is fighting who, he further said local government officials are not able to provide security details and it seems the local Payam officials in Agoro do not know who is fighting who. 
Another source who arrived from Juba to state capital Torit this morning said passengers and civilian vehicles coming Juba have been fired upon by unknown armed people believed to be Dinka Nomadic been dislodged from their cattle camps by Lokoya youth three days ago. 
The fighting which started more than a week ago has been fueled and sponsored by some section of Bor politicians the likes of former Defense Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk according to the reliable source.  

Further report coming from the Lokoya youth pinned and accused SSPDF forces of backing the Dinka Pastoralists and by supplying the cattle keepers with guns and ammunition. 
This claim, however, SSLN cannot independently verify since we have no verification claim from the side of SSPDF. 
Andrew Olweny 
SSLN 

 

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