Former County Commissioner shot dead in Western Equatoria

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Former County Commissioner shot dead in Western Equatoria

JUBA – The former Commissioner of Tombura County, Charles Babiro has reportedly been killed, a well-placed source has confirmed.

“Yes, he (Charles Babiro) is dead. He was shot dead this morning (Tuesday) and the dead body has been taken to the army barrack,” the source who did not want to be named told the City Review on phone from Tombura.

When City Review tried to contact the Western Equatoria State Minister of Information and Tombura County Commissioner for confirmation, his phone rang unanswered.

State Police Commissioner, Maj. Gen. James Monday Enoka said he was attending a meeting and could not speak to the media at the time of writing.

“I will call back, I am in an administrative meeting,” said Maj. Gen. Enoka.

The circumstances under which the former commissioner was shot and killed remained unclear.

Tombura County has been witnessing a wave of devastating inter-communal fights over the past months with several killed while many are displaced without and are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

The county descended into ethnic violence between two tribal groups in May this year, forcing thousands to displacements in villages around the town with thousands of others fleeing to neighboring counties.

The major cause of the conflict that has split among two ethnic groups of Azande and Balanda has never been established.

Senior politicians have been pointing fingers and accusing each other of orchestrating the conflict that turned Tombura into a warzone.

On Monday, State Information Minister, William Baiki Adriano reported an unspecified number of people killed in the renewed ongoing fight.

This is a developing story…

Via The City Review

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