34 killed in raid on South Sudan village

South Sudanese government soldiers fire a rocket toward a rebel position in Bor on January 26, 2014 during an exchange of heavy artillery fire. Thirty-four people, mostly women and children, died when rebels attacked Kolnyang Payam village, east of the Jonglei State capital Bor, police and government officials said Friday. AFP PHOTO / ALI NGETHI

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  • Former South Sudan vice-president Riek Machar’s rebel forces stormed the village on Wednesday evening and drove out women and children who had just returned from the bushes since they fled fighting in mid-December last year, said Bor County Commissioner Agoot Alier.
  • Elsewhere, a landmine explosion killed 19 people and injured 30 others in Sudan’s troubled Blue Nile state.

Thirty-four people, mostly women and children, died when rebels attacked Kolnyang Payam village, east of the Jonglei State capital Bor, police and government officials said Friday.

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