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At least 58 killed in attack on United Nations base in South Sudan: UN

Published on Apr 18, 2014 8:55 PM

JUBA (AFP) - At least 58 people were killed and more than 100 others wounded in Thursday's attack on a United Nations base in South Sudan sheltering thousands of displaced civilians, a UN official said.

"Forty-eight bodies, including children, women, men, have been recovered from inside the base. The bodies of 10 attackers have been found outside the base, the top UN official in the country Toby Lanzer told AFP on Friday. "The total death toll is 58, but that could increase as over 100 people were wounded, some of them very seriously."

In the clearest account yet of the incident in the government-controlled town of Bor, Mr Lanzer said a group of around 350 armed youths in civilian clothes "used extremely violent force to breach the perimeter" of the UN base.

He said they opened fire on terrified civilians, who have sought shelter with the UN from a wave of ethnic violence that has marked the four-month-old conflict, with the apparent aim of killing as many people as possible.

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