By Jacob Achiek Jok
BOR, 30 October 2012 [Gurtong]– "The herders were attacked at twelve noon by a huge armed group in Baping village of Nyuak Payam, after they took their cattle for grazing", said the commissioner on phone from his base in Panyagoor.
Akoi, who withheld the name of the wounded person, said "the victim was carried to Panyagoor Hospital, but his situation appeared to be unmanageable and therefore needs to be transferred to Bor Hospital where better medical services will be rendered.”
He said the victim was shot on the thigh and he has serious bone fractures.
He said eye witnesses estimated the attackers to be 100 in number and ran to the western part of the county and there could be more attacks in the area.
According to the commissioner, Pibor County is in the East of Twic East County and their escape to the far west would mean a lot.
"The man told me that they (attackers) were about 100, but they may be least or more", said Akoi.
"Now they ran to the Eastern bank of the swamp area, this is another fear because who knows when they will return and what they will do again", he said.
The police who rescued the cattle from the raiders followed them to the east and found where they had gathered before the attack.
"The policemen who followed them found where they gathered in the morning, they are very many," Akoi added.
Two weeks ago, three people were killed in Twic East County in an attempted cattle raid.
The commissioner has appealed to the authorities to send in more forces to protect the civilians.
"I always complained to the government to give us more forces but nothing has been done. I still ask once again to give us more soldiers to protect civilians," said Akoi.
Four people were injured in Niew-Niew Village of Akobo County near Walgak by raiders who were in military uniform according to Koak Mayian, one of the victims at Bor Hopital.
The disarmament campaign in Jonglei State was one of the efforts by the government to restore inter-communal peace among the six tribes of Murle, Dinka, Nuer, Anuak, Kachipo and Jie.