MORE THAN 500 CHILDREN ABDUCTED AFTER ATTACK ON SUDANESE CITY

KHARTOUM, --South Sudanese rebel commands have attacked a village in Sudan near the border with South Sudan and kidnapped around 500 children there, official sources havereported.

The Commissioner of the county Mudri Medio, John Henry, told reporters that the People's Liberation Army in Sudan Opposition (SPLA-IO) had attacked the city of Kediba and took the school-aged children.

'According to the report of community leaders and parents, the rebels abducted more than 500 children, who were then taken to the forest and their whereabouts is known' said Henry.

Schools have remained closed in the area since early August due to deteriorating security.

It is presumed that both the government forces and the SPLA-IO troops participated in the looting in the area surrounding the city of Kediba recently.

Recent reports state that the SPLA-IO has been active in the last two weeks when it attacked towns and garrisons the government runs near the location.

The news of the kidnapping of more than 500 children came a day after the UN Fund for Children (UNICEF) reported the release of 145 child soldiers by the rebels of South Sudan.

Source: Nam News Network

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