An aid worker was killed in South Sudan when gunmen shot at his agency vehicle, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
Armed men fired at the vehicle marked with logos of the Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid as it traveled on a road near the town of Bentiu on Saturday and one of the workers died, the United Nations said.
“I strongly condemn the targeting of aid workers and demand that those responsible for these acts be brought to justice,” Alain Noudehou, the U.N.’s humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan said in a statement.
Nearly 100 relief workers have been killed in South Sudan, which gained independence in 2011 and spiraled into civil war two years later.
The United Nations did not say which armed force carried out Saturday’s attack. Staff from another aid group, CARE International, were robbed at gunpoint while traveling in the vicinity on the same day, according to the statement.
Noudehou called for the release of seven other aid workers detained by rebels since March 25 when they were detained in the Central Equatorial region, near the Uganda border.
The staff from a local aid group, the South Sudan Health Association, were detained as they were delivering supplies to health centers serving thousands of people, the U.N. said.
Lam Paul Gabriel, a spokesman for rebel group SPLA-IO, said the group had detained the workers because some of them were government spies.