47 die in South Sudan tribal violence

2012-01-17 17:22

Juba - An official in South Sudan says members of a tribe previously targeted in a massive ethnic assault have carried out another revenge attack, killing 47 people.

Philip Thon Leek Deng, a member of parliament, said on Tuesday that members of the Murle community attacked a community of ethnic Lou Nuer in Duk County in Jonglei state on Monday.

Deng said the majority of the 47 killed were children and the elderly.

Officials say the revenge attacks by the Murle are in retaliation for raids by the Lou Nuer tribe on Murle communities at the beginning of the year that forced tens of thousands to flee.

The revenge attacks are the latest in a long-running cycle of violence between the two communities.

- AP
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