- August 17, 2021
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Ugandan nuns gunned down in South Sudan deadly attack
Ugandan nuns are among the five people killed by gunmen in a Monday ambush on Juba-Nimule road.
The deceased were ambushed while traveling from Loa Parish in Torit Diocese, Eastern Equatoria Province in South Sudan, for the Loa Parish Centenary Celebrations.
Sr Mary Aboud, a Mother Superior for 12 years, and a one Sr Regina are said to be Ugandans.
The third person only identified Leone was burnt in the car they were traveling in while the fourth, a boda boda rider, was knocked dead by a truck fleeing the attack.
Sr. Regina Roba, from the Catholic Congregation of the Sisters of Sacred Heart succumbed to her injuries in Nimule hospital.
Three other men, two passengers, and a bodaboda rider, also died during the attack and in the ensuing confusion respectively.
The Central Equatoria State information minister Andrugo Mabe Severio told Radio Tamazuj Tuesday, “The two nuns who were killed, Sr. Regina Roba and Sr. Mary Abbud, these are prominent sisters (nuns) from the Sacred Heart Sisters working in Juba for several years. Some are running the schools and some are running health centers. Sr. Roba was very technical in the area of health and Mary Abbud died as the headmistress of Sacred Heart School in the middle of Juba City.”
The victims were shot at when their convoy of vehicles was on its way from the Loa Parish of the Catholic Diocese of Torit in Nimule, where Loa Mission Centenary celebrations were held over the weekend, was making its way to Juba.
In Juba, Daniel Justine Buolo, a police spokesperson, while speaking to Xinhua News Agency in Juba, said: “What happened on Juba-Nimule road is very unfortunate.
A car was ambushed [at] around 10am and as a result, three people died. One was burnt in the car and another one died on the way after being rushed to Aru-Junction hospital.”
Last week, after clashes between rival factions of South Sudan Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) in South Sudan, sources inside the camp of First Lt Gen Simon Gatwech Dual said they would carry ambushes on the Juba-Nimule route if South Sudan Vice President Dr Riek Machar continued to cling onto power.