South Sudan Anglican Church leaders have condemned the recent killings of 12 civilians in the contested oil-rich region of Abyei.
The church alleges that the authorities in neighbouring Sudan assisted the attackers.
Speaking to local media, Dr Justin Badi Arama, Archbishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan, said he strongly condemns the attacks.
“I strongly condemn such barbaric attacks and call for an end to this senseless violence by the Misseriya tribe against the innocent Dinka Ng’ok people,” said Dr. Arama.
He said frequent attacks by the Arab Misseriya militia threatened stability in the region inhabited by both Christians and Muslims.
Abyei has long been contested by both Sudan and South Sudan.
It has witnessed frequent clashes between members of the Ng’ok Dinka ethnic group and the Misseriya community, often over access to grazing land and water points.