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Doctors Without Borders workers killed in South Sudan

The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says two of its workers have been killed in separate attacks in villages in South Sudan.

Separate attacks claim lives of logistician, community health worker, humanitarian group says

A surgeon with Doctors Without Borders operates on a patient in the town of Nasir in southeastern Sudan in June 2009. In August, the humanitarian group said two of aid workers had been killed in South Sudan's troubled Unity region. (Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters)

The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says two of its workers have been killed in separate attacks in villages in South Sudan.

The group, also known by the French name Medecins Sans Frontieres, said Tuesday that Gawar Top Puoy, a logistician, and community health worker James Gatluak Gatpieny were killed last week in troubled Unity state.

MSF spokeswoman Victoria Russell said the area was inaccessible and the group only received confirmation of their deaths over the weekend. The exact circumstances were unclear.

South Sudan has been at war since a December 2013 rebellion by a former deputy president.

As fighting increased in May, the group evacuated international staffers from its hospital in Leer in Unity state. The two local workers joined their families in nearby swamps to avoid the violence.

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