A British aid worker has been killed in an ambush by suspected Ugandan rebels in Sudan, a relief agency has confirmed.
Collin Lee, 57, was travelling with his pregnant Paraguayan wife Hedwig Unrau Lee, 35, and a Sudanese driver when they were attacked by about 20 gunmen.
The gunmen were thought to be members of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel group from neighbouring Uganda.
The couple, who worked for the International Aid Services (IAS) relief organisation, were travelling from Uganda to the southern Sudanese town of Yei where they were going to take part in a trauma counselling workshop for war victims.
Their Toyota Land Cruiser was fired on close to the town of Morobo and Mr Lee, who was in the front passenger seat, was hit in the chest and throat.
The driver, Karaba Juma, was also hit and injured and the car came to a stop. The gunmen then threatened to set the vehicle on fire with Mr and Mrs Lee and their driver still inside.
Mrs Lee stayed by her husband’s side and persuaded the rebels not to burn them alive. They were allowed out and then the vehicle was burned. Mrs Lee was unharmed in the attack and is now recovering in hospital in Uganda.
Mr Lee was still alive after the attack and was taken to hospital in Yie, but died there at 10.20pm on October 5, six hours after the attack.
Two aid agencies suspended their work in Uganda’s north last month after the LRA killed two aid workers in ambushes.
Following those attacks, Jan Egeland, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator, said: “It is unconscionable that the LRA is carrying out these vicious attacks on unarmed humanitarian workers.
“These attacks threaten the provision of life-saving assistance to nearly 1.7 million people.”
The cult-like LRA has brought terror to civilians in the area through a campaign of murder, mutilation and child abduction.