Southern Sudanese minister, bodyguard shot dead

Co-operatives and Rural Development Minister Jimmy Lemi Milla was gunned down in his ministry by a man believed to be his brother-in-law, a spokesman for the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), Morris Lukudu, told DPA.

Other reports put the blame for the shooting on Milla's driver.There was no immediate information on the motive for the killing, which took place in the capital of what will later this year become the world's newest nation.

The murder comes just two days after official results showed Southern Sudan had overwhelmingly voted to secede from the north and end a long association characterised by two bloody civil wars.

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