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Ethiopia: South Sudan Gunmen Killed Over 200, Kidnapped Over 100

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South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar (R) and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (L) hold a priest's hands as they pray before signing a peace agreement in Addis Ababa in this May 9, 2014 file photo. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic/Files)

By    |   Tuesday, 19 Apr 2016 06:30 AM

Ethiopian officials have accused South Sudan gunmen of crossing its border, slaughtering 208 people, and kidnapping more than 100 children on Friday.

Officials told Reuters that the attack happened in the Gambela region of Ethiopia, which is the home of large group of South Sudanese refugees who fled the country amid continued fighting.

Ethiopian government spokesman Getachew Reda said that the suspects also took 2,000 head of livestock.

According to Voice of America, Ethiopian officials said its armed forces killed about 60 suspects so far but admitted the other suspects may have already crossed back into South Sudan.

"The Ethiopian defense force is currently chasing after the perpetrators," Reda told reporters on Sunday.

Thousands in South Sudan have been killed and more than two million have left their homes in fear due to war there.

The South Sudan is the world's youngest country, splitting from the Sudan in July 2011 after an independence referendum, reported BBC News. The country, though, fell into civil war in December 2013 because of a power struggle, but a tentative peace agreement was signed in August 2015.

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar was scheduled to take the position of first vice president of the country as part of the peace agreement but failed to arrive at the country's capital of Juba Monday because of rain.

Marchar fled the capital when the civil war started and was accused of trying to organize a coup against the government. He denied the accusation but it started a round of killings that turned into a full-blown conflict.
 

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Ethiopian officials have accused South Sudan gunmen of crossing its border, slaughtering 208 people, and kidnapping more than 100 children on Friday.
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