Lawmakers condemn killing of over 40 people in Twic County

Lawmakers representing Twic County in the national parliament have condemned the attack by armed youth from Abyei Administrative Area on a military barracks in Ayuok area of Warrap state, leaving more than 40 people killed.

By Benjamin Takpiny

Lawmakers representing Twic County in the national parliament have condemned the attack by armed youth from Abyei Administrative Area on a military barracks in Ayuok area of Warrap state, leaving more than 40 people killed. 

Dr. Majok Yak, the leader of the Twic parliamentary caucus in the national parliament said the attack that took place on Monday morning left several people injured.

“This morning we received information from the Commissioner of Twic County, that forces from Abyei Administrative Area attacked Ayuok military outpost, they came with very heavy weaponry on more than 10 vehicles mounted with machine guns,” Yak told the Dawn in Juba on Monday.

Among the wounded include SSPDF soldiers and civilians who are currently receiving treatment in Mayenabun hospital.

 “We as members of Twic parliamentary caucus condemn this barbaric attack that was carried out by Abyei forces on government positions, the military officers who were recently released from detention because of their implication in Aneet  fighting early this year are the one now appointed in the County of Rumamer and  some as security advisor in Abyei Administrative area,” Yak said.

 He named Ayuel Kiir the Commissioner of Rumamer County and Deng Bol Athuai, the Security Advisor for being behind the latest attack in Twic County.

Yak called on the national government, state and army leadership to intervene and investigate the incident.

He also called for strong measures to prevent clashes between the community in Twic County and those from Abyei Administrative Area.

George Angier Ring, a member of the parliamentary caucus said that the latest attack in Twic County is the fifth 5th incident, adding the attackers belong to a militia based in Abyei Administrative Area backed by other armed youth from Unity state.

 He said previously they attacked civilians but have now turned guns on the SSPDF.

Kuany Mayom,  a member of the parliamentary caucus also blamed that attack on some  armed youth from Unity State whom he accused of supporting their colleagues from Abyei.

“It was the biggest attack, we came to let you know why the army is keeping quiet and their position was attacked, we the members of parliament condemn this attack  and need the army to come out and investigate this incident,” he said.

Mayom accused the United Nations Interim Force for Abyei (UNISFA) of harboring the armed youth who attacked people in Twic County.

 “UNISFA which is meant for the Northern (Abyei) are now encroaching to the south and harboring the criminals who came to kill people in Twic,” he said.  

“They (UNISFA) are not supposed to be in the south of Kiir River, they are meant for the Northern and UNMISS for the south (Twic County)”.

The Twic Parliamentary caucus who condemned the incident that left more than 40 killed and 31 wounded, included Hon. Dr Majok Yak Majok, Charles Majak Aleer, George Angier Ring , Kuany Mayom Goc Makuach , Ajuet Muon Mongok Gum Nyuol.

The two communities have been locked in a long-running dispute over ownership of land in Aneet area located along their common border.

The Commissioner of Twic County, Aguek Chan Atem, said that the 31 people are now being treated for gunshot wounds and other injuries at the Medicines San Frontiers hospital in Twic County.

He said that the security situation has been deteriorating daily due to the presence of heavily armed youth in  Abyei Administrative Area.

Atem appealed to the government to intervene, adding that the situation is beyond the state and county authorities.

Efforts to reach authorities in Abyei Administrative Area and the SSPDF for comment were not fruitful by press time

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