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Ethiopia: South Sudan Gunmen Kill More Than 200



Ethiopian officials say at least 200 people were killed Friday in a raid by a South Sudanese ethnic group called the Murle.

Media reports say more than 100 women and children were kidnapped.

The Murle are based in the eastern Jonglei region of South Sudan.

Ethiopian communication minister Getachew Reda told the Associated Press close to 60 attackers were killed, said He said Ethiopian forces may pursue the gunmen and those kidnapped into South Sudan.

Ethiopia is home to thousands of refugees who have fled South Sudan. More than 270,000 of the refugees are in the Gambela region, which borders Ethiopia and South Sudan. The refugees fled to Ethiopia in late 2013 after war broke out in South Sudan.

Thousands of refugees have been killed and more than 2 million have been forced from their homes during the war.

The staff of VOA News wrote this story. Jim Dresbach adapted this story for Learning English. Kathleen Struck was the editor.

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