4 killed, 3 injured in Warrap’s Twic County

The local authorities of Twic County in Warrap State and neighboring Mayom County in Unity State on Sunday said armed youth from Mayom County last week attacked a cattle camp in the Majook-noon area in Aweng Payam leading to clashes that claimed the lives of four of the attackers and three local youth.

Twic County Commissioner Somin Aguek told Radio Tamazuj Sunday that the assailants from Mayom County raided over 101 head of cattle which were later recovered after a gunfight.

“A big number of armed youth from Mayom County attacked Majook-noon cattle camp on 13 June and they raided 101 cattle and the fighting occurred in the cattle camp where 10 cows were shot dead and cattle owners fought attackers until the next morning on 14 June and managed to rescue all their cattle,” he said. “Three youths from cattle camp sustained serious wounds and four of the attackers were found dead on the ground. The security situation is tense because there is fear that the raiders will organize another attack anytime.”

Relatedly, Commissioner Aguek said the general security situation in the rest of the county is calm apart from an attack on 11 June by armed youth suspected to be from Abyei that led to the injury of three fishermen from Ajak Kuach.

For his part, Luka Chierey, the Mayom County commissioner, confirmed the recent attack on the cattle camp and said security forces were looking for the perpetrators.

“What happened on 13 June is that a group of armed youth from our side in Mayom County attacked a cattle camp in Majook-noon in Twic County and took cattle,” he said. “However, the cattle owners managed to fight the raiders the next day and returned their cattle from the criminals. During the clashes, four criminals were killed three youths from the cattle keepers were injured.”

Chierey said the security situation is stable because the army commander upon hearing of the attack, deployed security at the border of the two counties to arrest the culprits who evaded being apprehended.

“We are leaders of the country and we cannot tell lies,” he stated. “The criminals moved from here in Mayom County and attempted to raid cattle in Twic County.”