By Bonifacio Taban Kuich
October 14, 2010 (BENTIU) – Following a disarmament campaign 2 months ago by the southern government in Unity state’s, Panyijar county citizens have experiencing continuous cattle raiding according the county commissioner.
Col. Peter Gai Jaok, Panyijar county commissioner told Sudan Tribune on that a group of 130 armed criminals, suspected to have come from neighbouring Rumbek county in Lakes state, attempted to the raid cattle on Thursday 7 October.
The attempted cattle raids affected Pachar payam (locality) and the villages of Pulmour, Pulmok, Nyuoke, Timkuac and Dhourleka.
The south’s security services were able to retrieve the cattle according to Jaok.
Five members of the criminal gang were killed and several wounded according to local authorities, however Sudan Tribune was unable to reach the group to confirm this.
One civilian was killed and two people injured in the raids, including one soldier, in a successful effort to recover the cows, according to the local commissioner.
Commissioner-Joak has appealed to the state governments of Lakes and Unity state and the Government of Southern Sudan to find an immediate solution to the cattle raids.
Joak said that there is an urgent need for civilian disarmament, especially in Rumbek county in Lakes states.