JUBA - A British aid worker in war-torn South Sudan was shot dead late Tuesday in the capital Juba, the government said. The Briton, who was working for the US aid organisation the Carter Center, was killed by a gunman who followed him into his compound in Juba, according to presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny. “It has been confirmed that a British staff member in the Carter Center was killed, a crime we condemn in the strongest terms possible,” Ateny told AFP. “He was driving in his car, and when he arrived at his gate he got out of the car, then while walking he was shot,” he said, adding that “police have rounded up some people to get some clues.”

In London, the Foreign Office confirmed that a British national had been killed.

Aid workers have been targeted multiple times in the 14-month long war, including gunmen shooting down a UN helicopter and peacekeepers killed.