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Lawmaker Shot Dead on Peace Trip to South Sudan's Ravaged North

A South Sudanese lawmaker was shot dead by unidentified gunmen while on a trip to promote peace in the war-ravaged northeast, a parliamentary spokesman said.

Simon Deng Bol Ajak was traveling on a boat between the towns of Manjang and Nasir when gunmen opened fire from a riverbank, spokesman Paul Yohannes Bonju said by phone. A policeman was also killed, while other passengers survived by jumping into the river, he said.