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JUBA - 4 Mar 2013

Nuba student leader shot dead in Juba robbery

A student leader from the Nuba Mountains was shot dead in the capital of South Sudan during a night-time robbery.  

Al Bey Abdullah Kashamba Konda was the chairman of the Nuba Mountains students’ association at Juba University. He was killed in the course of resisting a large-scale coordinated robbery in the Jebel neighbourhood of Juba

On Saturday night a group of 12 to 13 people armed with machetes and guns broke into a group of shared homes. They threatened everyone who was in the compound and proceeded to take money from them.

“We were sleeping at night when we were surrounded by a group of people attacking our house,” said Issa Al Basha, a witness who was present during the incident. “There were some of us who were sleeping outside, within the fence. They were threatened at gunpoint and scattered two by two into the houses.”

“Unfortunately we heard a gunshot and after they dispersed we came to realize that it was one of our colleagues who was shot and died on the spot,” Al Basha told Radio Tamazuj.

He added that some other students were beaten when they tried to come out from their rooms before the shooting of Kanda, who resisted the aggressors as they tried to enter his home.

No arrests have been made in connection with the murder.