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British aid worker shot dead in South Sudan: Colleagues

A British aid worker in war-torn South Sudan has been shot dead in the capital Juba, colleagues said.

The Briton, who was working for an international aid organisation, was killed yesterday by a gunman who followed him into his compound in the capital Juba, according to colleagues who asked not to be named.

Britain’s Foreign Office confirmed that a British national had been killed.

“We can confirm the death of a British national in South Sudan. We stand ready to provide consular assistance to the family,” a Foreign Office spokesman told AFP. South Sudan’s police said they had no information on the killing.

Aid workers have been targeted multiple times in the 14-month long war, including gunmen shooting down a UN helicopter and peacekeepers killed. The country is awash with guns, and shots are often heard at night.

South Sudan is heavily dependent on international aid organisations for humanitarian aid, with the UN estimating that 2.5 million people are in a state of emergency or crisis, just steps short of famine.


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