A minister in the government of South Sudan was shot dead inside his ministry on Wednesday, the region's army said.
"The minister for rural development and cooperation has been killed by a driver working at the ministry. He also killed a guard at the door of the ministry then shot himself," South Sudan's army spokesman Philip Aguer said.
Final results of a referendum on independence confirmed on Monday that South Sudan will become the world's newest state on July 9.
Officials said the dead minister, Jimmy Lemi, was a former member of the National Congress Party which dominates the north, who had defected to the south's ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement ahead of April 2010 elections.
Witnesses from the scene gave conflicting reports, some saying the attacker had been arrested, others saying he had fled.
Security forces had cleared away hundreds of onlookers from around the ministry. A government car with a window smashed was parked inside the building compound.
"We ... saw a man taking a gun out of the car -- he ran inside and we heard three or four shots," said one witness.
An ambulance moved slowly away from the scene in a funeral procession, followed by dozens of wailing mourners.
No motive was immediately clear for the attack, which underlines insecurity and the spread of arms in the region the size of France.
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