According to the South Sudanese broadcaster Eye Radio, the South Sudanese authorities have arrested a total of 20 people for alleged connection with the attack on a bishop in Rumbek, the Italian Christian Carlassare, who was injured after being shot in his home.
Rumbek police spokesman Elijah Mabor said that among those detained were seven agents responsible for the security of Carlassare’s residence, adding that “the rest are diocesan workers, including priests”, without giving further details.
The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, has called the event a “shameful act of intimidation” and urged the population to “condemn the criminals who have committed this heinous crime”. So he said it was an “unacceptable” act.
It has also instructed the Lagos state authorities to investigate what happened and conveyed the support of the authorities to Carlassare before wishing him a speedy recovery so that he “may serve the people (…) with renewed determination”.
There is currently no claim to authorship of the attack and the causes of the event are unknown. Carlassare himself has said that he “tried to talk to them” before they shot him. “They weren’t there to steal or kill because they would have killed me easily,” he argued.
“I know that there are people who are suffering more than I am at the moment because of what happened. Rumbek deserves better. I heartily forgive who carried out or allowed this action,” he said. On March 8, Carlassare was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Rumbek, which had not had a bishop for ten years.