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Five health workers allegedly killed by soldiers in South Sudan

April 19, 2013 at 11:39 AM

LOREMA, South Sudan, April 19 (UPI) -- South Sudanese soldiers allegedly attacked a hospital, killing five workers in retaliation for the deaths of eight security force members, officials said.

Member of Parliament David Mayo told the BBC that a hospital in the village of Lorema was attacked by soldiers and that fighting was still going on Friday.

After attacking the hospital, the soldiers set fire to local homes, Mayo said.

However, the state's governor has denied the reports of violence and said soldiers were sent to the area to protect civilians after eight of the governor's bodyguards were killed in the area. The bodyguards were working on locating cattle thieves in the area.

Since South Sudan gained independence in 2011, its army has been accused of carrying out abuses against civilian populations on numerous occasions, the BBC said. The army has denied such allegations.

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