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South Sudan: Civilians killed in Wau fighting

At least 16 civilians were killed on Monday in the South Sudanese city of Wau,

according to the United Nations' peacekeeping mission in the country (UNMISS), with witnesses reporting that government-aligned militia were targeting residents based on their ethnic group. The violence stemmed from an ambush on Sunday of government troops near Wau, leading to clashes in the city the following day, UNMISS said in a statement. "The Mission mounted two patrols into Wau on Monday and said it had observed the bodies of 16 civilians in a hospital," UNMISS said, adding that 10 people had been wounded. A power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar escalated into a military conflict in December 2013, leading to tens of thousands being killed and about 3.5 million being displaced. The conflict has pitted Kiir's Dinka ethnic group against Machar's Nuers. Other ethnic groups have also created militias which have often formed alliances with either side.