Officials Say Rebel Attacks Kill 200 in South Sudan

From Voice of America, February 15, 2011:

Officials in southern Sudan say attacks by a rebel militia killed some 200 people last week, nearly doubling the previously announced death toll.

Pagan Amum, secretary-general of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, said Tuesday that 197 people were killed in the attacks in Fangak county, in Jonglei state.

Another official, minister of humanitarian affairs James Kok, put the death toll at 211. Both officials said most of those killed were civilians.

Fighters loyal to renegade army officer George Athor launched a series of attacks in Jonglei last Wednesday and Thursday. The death tolls announced by Amum and Kok do not appear to include casualties among the rebel fighters.

South Sudan’s army previously said 105 people died in the violence, including 30 of Athor’s men.

Athor launched a rebellion after losing the Jonglei state governor’s race in elections last April.

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