Southern Sudan minister shot dead

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A minister in the government of South Sudan was shot and killed inside his ministry building yesterday.

Rural development minister Jimmy Lemi Milla was shot by a brother-in-law over a family dispute, the government said. The attacker also killed a guard at the door of the ministry in Juba.

No motive was immediately clear for the attack, which underlines insecurity and the spread of arms in the region.

It comes days after referendum results confirmed the region will become Africa's newest independent state.