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Kuol Deng Kuol, the paramount chief of the Dinka Ngok, in his office in Abyei, a town at the center of the contested Abyei region along the border between Sudan and South Sudan. Homes here were looted and burned in 2011 when soldiers and militias from the northern Republic of Sudan swept through the area, chasing out more than 100,000 Dinka Ngok residents. The chief and a few thousand other families returned once northern combatants withdrew in 2012. On May 4, 2013, the chief was killed when his vehicle, part of a United Nations convoy, was fired upon by Khartoum-backed Misseriya militia.