Gunmen attacked a cattle camp and stole cattle at a remote village in Jalle payam on Wednesday, officials from Bor County said.
Area MP Kuol Bol Ayom told Eye radio, gunmen suspected to have come from Pibor attacked a camp in Wereh, about 7 kilometers from the payam center.
He said in the state capital, Bor, that the fighting continued until last evening.
“The youth who are there release the cattle in the morning for pastures, so, the armed youth suspected to be from Murle attacked the cattle camp during the releasing of the cows and they marched away with the good number of cattle,” Hon Ayom stated.
Bor county commissioner, Isaac Mamer Ruk confirmed the attack.
According to National Courier, 37 people were murdered in the attack including seven SPLA soldier by suspected murle cattle rustlers.
According to the authorities, 27 of the casualties were from Jalle, three from Twic East and seven were SPLA troops.
The area MP Ayom said that the attackers were heavily armed and attacked the camp with machine guns and rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) before making off with over 1,600 heads of cattle.
More than 10 people were seriously wounded and have been evacuated to Bor Hospital with an unknown number of civilians still unaccounted for.
Rebellion in west Equatoria
This comes on heels of a new rebellion cooking up in western Equatoria state.
The SPLA Commander in charge of Division Six, based in Western Equatoria, General Johnson Juma Okot, is quoted by Talk of Juba, confirmed the rebellion in the state.
In a press conference in Juba, General Juma said the rebellion is being led by a person he identified as Wesley Wilibe.
He says the group launched several attacks on SPLA soldiers in the past months within the greater Mundri region.
“In these encounters, we lost more than seven soldiers; and from the enemy side, we counted 14 bodies on the ground,” General Okot said.
However, General Okot says the SPLA still controls the area.
Mr Wesley, who is accused of leading the rebellion, has not commented.