Raid on South Sudan State Capital Killed 41, Official Says

At least 41 people died in an attack on a state capital in South Sudan last week, a local official said, in some of the worst sustained violence in the oil-producing country in at least two months.

Government, army and police facilities as well as homes in Raja, capital of Lol state, were burned down in the attack on June 15, State Information Minister Francis Piol Buk said by phone. Seven soldiers guarding the governor’s residence were killed, along with 20 civilians and 14 assailants, he said.

Army spokesman Lul Ruai Koang said the military will finish investigations into the raid before it comments on the identity of the attackers.

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