Rebels allegedly gun down clinical officer

By Taban Henry

A clinical officer has been shot dead and a pastor wounded along Yei-Maridi Road allegedly by the National Salvation Front (NAS) rebels on their way to Tore.

A Member of Parliament representing Yei River County in the state Transitional Legislative Assembly Isaac Aloro Lo Obede said the medical staff Albino Pitia was shot on Thursday at the same spot where two Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) vehicles were burnt five miles away from Yei Town.

Late last month, 2 MSF vehicles were burnt, 7 people detained and 30 others abducted forcing MSF to suspend their operations in the other parts of the County.

Mr. Aloro who is the chairperson of the Standing Committee for Security in Central Equatoria State Legislative Assembly said the pastor is attending medical attention at Tore.

On the same note a Boda-Boda rider was also shot dead the same day.

“This killing is unbecoming if a clinical officer who is delivering health services to the entire community’s life is brought to an end this is causing insecurity in the county and we urge that this situation should be brought to an end,” he told No.1 Citizen Daily Newspaper via phone.

 “The farmers are now unable to have access to their farms as well as accessing markets of their produce and this is a productive season where the famers are supposed to be preparing their farms as the rain season approaches,” he added.

Aloro blamed the National Salvation Front (NAS) rebels for the killing, a claim No. 1 Citizen Citizen Daily Newspaper could not independently verify.

He said three NAS soldiers were killed after an attempt by the commissioner’s patrol team to the area where the doctor was killed.

He urged the National Salvation Front to pursue the path of peace with the government.

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