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South Sudan Army Says It Arrested Soldiers Accused of Mass Rape

South Sudan’s army said it arrested three soldiers accused of participating in the mass rape of women and girls in a village south of the capital last month.

The soldiers are in custody after being identified by four victims of the assault, which occurred in Kubi, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Juba, military spokesman Lul Ruai Koang told reporters on Friday. The army made the arrests after community leaders reported at least 11 people were raped, he said.

South Sudan’s three-year civil war has claimed tens of thousands of lives, with both government and rebel forces accused of atrocities, including rape. While President Salva Kiir’s administration has vowed to punish perpetrators, the United Nations said Jan. 16 that there’s widespread impunity for rights abuses.

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