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British aid worker killed in South Sudan capital

February 18, 2015

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A British worker for the U.S.-based Carter Center was killed Tuesday night in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, bringing to 14 the number of aid workers killed over the course of the country’s 14-month conflict.

The man was entering the Carter Center’s compound when gunmen shot him to death, said Ateny Wek Ateny, presidential spokesman.

The British Foreign office confirmed the death of one of their citizens but provided no further information.

South Sudan has been at war since December 2013 when political divisions between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar spilled into widespread violence.

Tens of thousands have been killed, and nearly 2 million displaced, prompting the world’s largest single-country humanitarian effort to assist civilians facing hunger and disease, according to the United Nations.

Aid workers, hospitals, and relief food centers have come under attack from both sides during the war. Thirteen aid workers had been killed, according to a tally by U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos when she visited South Sudan last week.

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