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Bishop decries rash of civilian killings in South Sudan

August 30, 2016

A Catholic bishop in South Sudan has spoken out to condemn a rash of vigilante killings in his diocese, as internal conflict continues to beset the young African nation. 

Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe of Yei decried the "heinous actions and unspeakable crimes" committed in his diocese. The killings are reportedly the work of "death squads" that include both military and civilian members. 

The area surrounding Yei had been relatively peaceful until this year, despite the bloody conflicts elsewhere in South Sudan between government and rebel forces. However, as rebels established a foothold in the region, attacks on the civilian population have been more frequent, with both rebels and supporters of the govenrment carrying out retaliatory strikes. 

 
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