Tonj State Capital Attacked By Pastoralists

“At 3:30am on Sunday, Tonj population was woken up with gunshots heard from several directions. The attackers came through Yapango residential area and lateral to Kenaf residential area. They took with them some properties; the cattle, goats, sheep, mattresses and pillows..."

By Ariik Atekdit

JUBA, 29 February 2016 - The newly established Tonj State has suffered several confrontations among sections that make up the State population.

On Sunday, early in the morning attackers made up of several youths well-armed assaulted  the Tonj Town Centre taking away cattle, sheep and goats along with mattresses and other properties they looted in the residential areas before the town police managed to repulse them.

The Deputy Governor, Mr. Manhiem Bol Malek confirmed on phone from Tonj that the attackers launched an offense on Tonj town’s population at exactly 3: 30 am on Sunday.

Other sources revealed that since Saturday fighting has been ongoing in Akuc-chieng village and along River Tonj at the grazing land; adding that several cows were raided by the attackers but no casualties reported so far.

“At 3:30am on Sunday, Tonj population was woken up with gunshots heard from several directions. The attackers came through Yapango residential area and lateral to Kenaf residential area. They took with them some properties; the cattle, goats, sheep, mattresses and pillows. Our forces managed to capture two of them and they are being investigated,” Malek said.

The attack occurred when Governor Akec Tong Aleu came to Tonj on Saturday from Juba with the State population expecting the announcement of the State’s cabinet and the establishment of Tonj’s new Counties.

Mr. Malek blamed youths from Thony section in Tonj South County of the attack in town urging them to stop criminal activities.

The Deputy Governor reported that Tonj State does not have enough police forces and army to stop communal fighting that is now occurring in several places in the area.

“You know we have not enough forces to stop such clashes. We are waiting and hoping that we shall get some forces redeployed from Kuacjok to Tonj,” he said.

The Deputy Governor is however hopeful that the inter-communal conflicts will be stopped.

“Some of these conflicts are very old. They have been there. It is only that the former Warrap State government could not reach them because of the distance but they have been there but we will stop them.”

An inter-communal dispute exists between Muok and Thony over the ownership of Majakkot area situated between the two neighbouring areas. Majakkot is said to be a lowland area inhabited by nobody but found to be fertile in the region.


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