Blood surge in Lakes State as the director of prisons in Cueibet County dies from a revenge bullet. This occurred on Tuesday evening.
After due investigation, the 42-year-old police Major, Makol Mathiang was shot dead at around 7pm while returning home from work, he got attacked 50 meters away from Mayath prison. The former acting police spokesperson of the defunct Gok state, Machar Mouriel, exclaimed.
According to one of the attackers, one of their relatives was killed some years back by his relatives,” he explained. Mouriel said the attackers reportedly fled to their village before the law could take its course.”
He emphasized that the police force prevented an attempt by the family of the slain director to avenge him.
On Wednesday, clashes reportedly erupted after members of the deceased family traced the suspects to their area.
Jok Ayom, who lost three relatives in the skirmishes, says the security situation in Cueibet County has worsened.
“People are killing themselves in this inter-communal conflict. My brother, my nephew, and my uncle’s father have been killed,” Ayom explained in a report by Eye Radio seen by NCMP.
The fighting has escalated to include four sections of Cueibet, namely; Duony, Ayiel, Waat-Adol and Mayath areas.
For his part, the deputy speaker of the defunct Gok state, Riak Matheen Riak, also confirmed the fighting.
At least 13 people have reportedly been killed in recurrent inter-communal violence in Cueibet County of Lakes State Thursday.
“I don’t know what the situation will look like, because there is no intervention from the government. There is an absence of the army on the ground,” he said.
Communal fights have persisted in Lakes state despite an ongoing peaceful disarmament exercise declared by President Salva Kiir in August.
Officials say the exercise has not been effective in reducing the level of violence mainly fueled by revenge attacks, cattle raiding, and land disputes.
In October alone, the number of people killed fighting in Cueibet County was more than 11.
The fighting was triggered by killing of a woman in a night robbery in an area called Agang-rial.
The Human Rights Commission say the nature of the intercommunal conflicts has taken on an increasingly militarized character with military-style tactics and military-grade weapons.
Local leaders in Lakes state have been consistently calling for the forceful disarmament in the area to end the cycle of violence there.
According to UNMISS Human Rights Department, the nature of the inter-communal conflicts has taken on an increasingly militarized character with military-style tactics and military-grade weapons.