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June 29, 2013 (RUMBEK) - Fresh inter-communal clashes in South Sudan’s Lakes state have left two dead, authorities told Sudan Tribune Friday.

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Manyang Luk Lueth, the Yirol East County commissioner, said government forces had to be deployed to contain the clash between the Nam and Lith sub-clans.

A person, Lueth said, died on spot during the attack, while the other was reportedly killed in what he described as a revenge retaliatory attack.

“Clashes occurred in Yirol East County in a cattle camp called Buriek, which is located in western part of river Jaw on Wednesday. The clashes occurred during [a] wrestling game between the youth of two clans of Nam and Lith, which are traditional rivals”, the commissioner said.

Two people got killed in the clash, one from each side, he added.

Lueth, however said, police have been deployed in the volatile area to prevent any possible outbreak of violence.

A community leader, however, told Sudan Tribune that there were fears the situation would go out of hand, after the army involvement.

“There is fear of overreaction since the army and the care-taker governor in Lakes state have become notorious for heavy handedness and human rights abuses”, he said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, accused the current Lakes state governor, Matur Chut Dhuol of allegedly failing to put in place proper policies to control insecurity in the region since his appointment, early this year.

South Sudan president, Salva Kiir appointed Dhuol to succeed the elected governor Chol Tong Mayay, following the deteriorating level of security in the state.

The US-based Human Rights Watch on Monday accused South Sudanese soldiers (SPLA) of allegedly detaining unlawfully and mistreating, since February, more than 130 civilians in its Lakes state.

The move, it said in a recent report, was in response to armed violence and inter-communal fighting that occurred in the state.

Since its independence two years ago, gun violence in Lakes state has reportedly resulted in numerous deaths and displacement, thus hampering development in the region.

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  • 30 June 2013 08:27, by truth to be told in SS

    Dear Fellows country men, I am very disturbed by outgoing situation in lake state. Governor Matur is defarmating and taining the great image of south sudan in the eye of international community. All his controversial measures to intimidate and censor general public are completely opposite to what south sudan fought for more than fifty years.Freedom of free, movement,are the core stone of democracy

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  • 30 June 2013 08:41, by Dau-network

    Please Yirol community don’t bring Rumbek culture of inter-cummals in to your areas. I like you to be in peace so that your neighbours should follow your peaceful hearts.

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    • 30 June 2013 13:45, by Ding Ding

      Dau-Network,Yeah brother Yirol is not known for bad things accually it is Agaar people who want to teach them bad attitudes.Thank you very much mr Dau-network

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      • 2 July 2013 09:04, by wen yar

        I think u two fools don’t know what u r talking about.
        how many sectional fights in your so called Yirol or what ever u called?
        i don’t want to say anything bad to them becoz they r my in-lows

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  • 30 June 2013 13:17, by Comrade Man

    Lake state or uselessly state. Leave the government to think of something that can take the country to a better state. It’s due to your cattle mentality that’s why south Sudan is a number 4 failed rate. Let the military governor discipline you people because of you cattle attitude. Useless humans.

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  • 30 June 2013 16:47, by wieu-madiak

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  • 1 July 2013 15:13, by Nyathony Balloo.

    its my pressure to take these opp-unity to say these few words why are you killing your men parents in law. its matter of time to be rich in this Nation on one will remain poor in these Nation stay calm parents in law do,nt kill your yourselves with all noncese things.Nam clan if the govt say you stay in that area with out Lith can you?no you can,nt its belong both of you,u are native of that area

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  • 2 July 2013 07:37, by Yei Top

    If lakes state knows the importance of media, why shutdown Good news radio? Revenge Killing is your culture, so what?

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