Armed youth ambushed aid workers traveling in South Sudan’s northern Warrap state, shooting dead an employee of the Italy-based organization Comitato Collaborazione Medica and injuring two other people, a local official said.
The gang killed the South Sudanese national on Thursday, even after the workers had surrendered their belongings, Warrap state Information Minister Paul Dhel Gum said by phone. An official who answered the phone at the Juba-based office of the Italian medical charity said a statement will be issued later.
Warrap has been the scene of a wave of attacks by “gangs and criminals” from neighboring Lakes state, who’ve taken advantage of that region’s weak governance, Gum said.
Lakes state Information Minister Dhieu Wal Takpiny blamed the violence on cattle herders who steal to buy food. An attack on a vehicle in Lakes state on Thursday left nine people dead, including a robber and six soldiers, Takpiny said.