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Abyei - 13 Feb 2012

Misseriya attack policemen east of Abyei

On Sunday an armed group of Misseriya herders attacked a group of policemen in Loma Mar, east of Abyei killing a police officer.

Sources from Abyei told Radio Tamazuj a vehicle carrying police was on its way to Loma Mir when it was attacked by an armed group of Misseriya fatally wounding a policeman instantly.

The herders fled the area, where the situation is reported as tense.

A source added that the Misseriya signed an agreement with authorities in Unity state, South Sudan last week to allow grazing across the border and in Abyei.

He noted that the herders prefer the grassland region of Abyei but said the agreement demands the Misseriya travel unarmed to avoid conflict in the area.