A minister in the government of Southern Sudan has been shot dead inside his ministry building in Juba.
Co-operatives and Rural Development Minister Jimmy Lemi Milla was killed by his personal driver, said Philip Auger of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.
The assailant also killed a bodyguard and then shot himself, he added.
The incident comes only days after referendum results confirmed that Southern Sudan would become the world’s newest independent state on 9 July.
Nearly 99% of southerners voted for secession in last month’s poll. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has said he will accept the outcome.
The motive for Wednesday’s shooting is not yet clear, but BBC’s Peter Martell in Juba says officials in the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) believe it was over a personal matter.
Col Auger told the Associated Press that the minister and his driver were believed to have been related by marriage.
Our correspondent says there is shock in Juba that it could have happened right in the centre of the city and at the hub of government.
The killing has also dampened the excitement in Juba following the announcement of the referendum results this week, he adds.
Milla was a former supporter of Northern Sudan, but switched allegiance to the SPLM after 2005, when the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed to end two decades of civil war.
Although the referendum was peaceful, tension remains high in parts of the oil-rich area which straddles the north and south. Fifty people were killed over the weekend in fighting in Southern Sudan’s Upper Nile state.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
Jimmy Lemi Milla
his salvation/undoing number = LM = 34 = Generating a buzz. Things happen really quickly. [His driver] lashing out in anger.