US Missionaries Killed In Uganda

( [email protected] ) Mar 20, 2004 03:01 PM EST

UGANDA - Shortly after the loss of four American missionaries in Iraq, authorities reported Friday that two American missionaries in Uganda were killed by unidentified gunmen. Warren Pett and his wife, Donna, were shot late Thursday after seven armed men wearing military uniforms raided and looted the college near Yumbe in northwestern Uganda, where the couple taught. A Ugandan student also was killed in the raid.

Okot Arra, the district police chief told reporters, "We are on the ground investigating the case and no arrests have been made at the moment," Araa said by telephone. "I can't tell you the motive of the attackers since this area has been very peaceful with no incidents of rebel activities."

Warren and Donna Pett, American were missionaries with Africa Inland Mission (AIM), a Christian missionary sending agency dedicated to reaching the peoples of Africa with the good news of Jesus Christ. Africa Inland Mission's Paul Gazan says the Petts were teaching on the large compound of the Esther Evangelistic School of Technology, fifteen miles east of Yumbe, when they were attacked. "The Petts were returning home. They are teachers at a technical school in northern Uganda. They were returning home with some of their students and fellow teachers who were Ugandans. When they were attacked by a group of thugs and killed," says Gazan.

Warren and Donna, both 49, had served with AIM since 1997. They served in Kenya for AIM’s International Services division where Warren was the General Services Manager, and Donna worked at AIM’s Nairobi guesthouse and oversaw distribution of a Bible study publication for African pastors in 19 countries.

They began their ministry in Uganda in March 2003, teaching at the Evangelical School of Technology, a ministry of Here’s Life, a Ugandan Christian NGO. Warren and Donna are survived by their three adult children.