At least 28 people died and 10 children were kidnapped in connection with the clashes between Murle and Dinka communities in Makolcuei city in Jonglei state in eastern South Sudan.
Local leader Mabior Mawut told DPA that the clashes took place on Monday evening when armed men from the Murle ethnic group attacked the Dinka in Makolcuei.
“We’re still looking because many people are missing,” Mawut said, warning that the death toll could increase in the coming hours.
In addition to the 28 dead and 19 wounded who were left behind by the attack, the murle took 10 children – something they normally use as house slaves – and stole about 150 cattle, according to Mawut.
Inter-ethnic violence in South Sudan, which is traditionally associated with rivalries between farming and cattle breeding communities, increased, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned last June.