More than 20 killed in South Sudan violence; a cattle raid, then retaliatory attacks

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

Officials in South Sudan say more than 20 people have been killed in clashes triggered by cattle rustling, including medical workers slaughtered in a rampage by security forces.

Officials said the killings began after raiders stole at least 750 cattle last weekend.

Felix Otuduha, a spokesman for Eastern Equatoria state, said Thursday that seven security forces, five cattle rustlers and two civilians died in a clash Monday.

Following that clash, the government sent 150 soldiers and police after the cattle raiders. David Mayo Nailo, a member of parliament, said the security forces, enraged by the thefts and violence, attacked a hospital, killing four medical staff and a patient. He said the soldiers then set fire to the hospital.

Most of South Sudan's internal clashes take place between rival tribes.