Magwi, 2 March 2022; At least three people are confirmed dead, killed by Dinka Bor cattle herders backed by South Sudan People Defense Forces in Abara Boma in Magwi, on Wednesday evening.
The heavily armed Dinka herders according to the eyewitnesses stormed Abara village and its trading center at around 4:00 PM this evening (Wednesday) hundreds of huts were torched, among the dead include a woman and two children.
According to eyewitnesses who narrate their ordeals to this publication after arriving in Magwi town, said everything happened just like the speed of lightning.
" We were seated under a mango tree and sorting out some greens as we were preparing to cook supper, suddenly there were sounds of gun and we saw our neighbors running towards us saying “they have come”, (referring to the herders)" says Lakica Monica
The intensity of the attack was so fast that it caught the entire village by surprise according to another witness who said she nearly came eye to eye with the attackers.
" All was calm but somehow people knew the herders are preparing to revenge on the host community for what had happened on Sunday, I saw about ten men dressed in SPLA army uniforms, she is referring to SSPDF, first I thought these are government army or bodyguards of Landit, [an Acholi word for a big person] Johnson Okot, but when they began to set houses on fire and shooting, I started to run toward Panyikwara," said Lucy Ayot
Thousands have sought safety in Magwi County Headquarters and many families are scattered in the nearby bushes it is a very precarious situation as the cattle herders from Dinka Bor are all over in the bushes.
Clashes between the Dinka cattle keepers with a group of unidentified cattle raiders left 20 dead last Sunday in Agoro Payam Magwi County Eastern Equatoria State.
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