Juba: South Sudanese officials say 125 people were killed in a cattle raid during which tribesmen stole 2,000 cattle in the country's east.

Jonglei state Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk said on Saturday that eight villages were destroyed when warriors from the Murle tribe in Pidor County attacked the Lou-Nuer tribe of Uror County on Thursday.

Justice Minister John Luk Jok says he saw bodies strewn across the scene of the raid.

The two tribes frequently clash over land and cattle. South Sudan became the world's newest nation in July after voting to separate from the Arab north.

Decades of fighting with the north left South Sudan as one of the poorest and least developed places in the world, with conflict in nine of its 10 states.