A local security guard working at the United States Embassy was shot and killed by unknown gunmen in the South Sudan capital, Juba on Saturday.
The U.S. envoy in Juba, Molly Phee said the deceased was a person who loved his nation.
“The work of the U.S. Embassy and USAID [US Agency for International Development] is made possible each day by the outstanding efforts of 320 South Sudanese members of our team,” said Phee in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Monday.
“They [local staff] love their country and support the U.S. government and the American people as we endeavour to promote peace and development in South Sudan. Today, as we mourn the loss of our dear colleague, we are reminded that too many South Sudanese have lost loved ones due to the recent conflict. We will redouble our efforts to help South Sudan overcome its current challenges,” it added.
The deceased, relatives said, worked as a guard at the American embassy for 10 years.
The statement, which did not name the deceased, said the “Local Guard Force was shot last night around 1:45 am while he was on duty protecting an embassy off-site facility.”
“He was immediately taken to Juba Teaching Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds after unsuccessful emergency treatment,” further added the statement.
This is the first time a diplomatic mission worker has been killed while at a work station.