Over 100 orphans caught in S Sudan raid: officials

From Reuters Africa, March 14, 2011:

More than 100 orphans were caught in the middle of gunfire in an attack on the capital of south Sudan’s oil-producing Upper Nile state that killed more than 42 combatants, aid and military officials said.

Renegade fighters attacked Malakal on Saturday in the latest violence to stoke fears for the stability of the south ahead of its independence from the north, due to take place on July 9.

Just short of 99 percent of southern voters chose to declare independence in a January referendum promised in a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war with the north.

Aid group SOS Children’s Villages on Monday said the attackers forced their way into its compound in the town.

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