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Liberia corruption fighter killed

Keith Jubah (R)
Keith Jubah (R) was a high-profile figure in Liberia

Gunmen have killed the Liberian official charged with tackling corruption in public contracts.

Keith Jubah was shot repeatedly on Sunday night outside his house, 60km (37 miles) from the capital, Monrovia.

Police have not yet said whether they believe the killing was related to Mr Jubah's position as head of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission.

The commission ensures that contracts including major deals for mineral extraction rights are legitimate.

One of Mr Jubah's relatives, who did not want to be named in case he was identified by the killers, told the BBC his body had set on fire.

"The body was set ablaze but because it was raining in the area, all of it did not burn," the relative said.

The killing took place in the Morris Farm Community.

The BBC's Jonathan Paye Layleh in Monrovia says the commission Mr Jubah headed is one of the new institutions set up after Liberia's bloody civil war to fight the corruption endemic in the West African nation.

The commission screens and reviews all concession agreements involving both local and international investors and also scrutinises government's expenditures.

Three years ago, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf cancelled some major concessions including those awarded to foreign companies, saying they were unfavourable to Liberia.

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