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U.N. chief condemns killings in Sudan

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  • U.N. Secretary-General condemns attack that killed more than 160 people in Sudan
  • Victims of August 2 attack included more than 100 women and children, U.N. says
  • Ban Ki-moon directs U.N. mission in Sudan to assist victims of attack
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UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned an attack Sunday in southern Sudan that killed 161 people.

"The Secretary-General notes with extreme concern the 2 August attack in Akobo, Jongeli State, Southern Sudan, and condemns the reported killing of 161 people, including 100 women and children, 50 men and 11 SPLA soldiers," a representative of Ban said in written statement, referring to the Sudan People's Liberation Army.

The SPLA fought a rebellion against the government for more than 20 years until both sides signed a peace deal in 2005.

The statement said Ban has directed the U.N. Mission in Sudan "to extend all possible assistance to those affected by this heinous act and work with local authorities to restore calm."

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