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Suspected thieves kill Italian priest in Uganda

Suspected thieves have murdered a 76 year old Italian missionary in northern Uganda by slitting his throat with a knife.

The body of Fr Luciano Fulvi, who had lived in the country's troubled north for much of the past two decades, was discovered by students when he failed to attend a service at his mission in the northern town of Gulu.

A priest at Gulu Cathedral, 280 km north of the capital Kampala, said unidentified assailants broke into Fulvi's home at his mission on the town's outskirts late Tuesday and killed him during an apparent robbery attempt.

"Everybody is in shock," Fr Eliah Timtaloni told Reuters. "We have always felt that in this place there is so much senseless violence."

Northern Uganda suffers from frequent banditry and attacks, mostly at the hands of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which has been waging a war in the north against President Yoweri Museveni's government for 18 years.

Timtaloni said he suspected the murder was carried out by thieves, rather than members of the LRA, who have frequently attacked lightly-defended civilian targets and massacred scores of victims with guns, clubs and machetes.

He said 15 Catholic missionaries have been killed in northern Uganda in the past 18 years, most of them in rebel ambushes or by groups of attackers armed with guns.

Suspected thieves kill Italian priest in Uganda (Reuters 31/3/04)

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Priest, nuns killed in African countries (CathNews 19/8/04)
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32 Apr 2004