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Uganda's interior minister dies suddenly while returning home from trip to South Korea

  • FILE - In this Monday April 30, 2012 file photo, Uganda’s interior minister Gen. Aronda Nyakairima speaks to the media near Kampala, Uganda. Uganda’s interior minister died suddenly while traveling home from an official trip in South Korea, the government announced on Saturday Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

    FILE - In this Monday April 30, 2012 file photo, Uganda’s interior minister Gen. Aronda Nyakairima speaks to the media near Kampala, Uganda. Uganda’s interior minister died suddenly while traveling home from an official trip in South Korea, the government announced on Saturday Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday April 30, 2012 file photo, Uganda’s interior minister Gen. Aronda Nyakairima speaks to the media near Kampala, Uganda. Uganda’s interior minister died suddenly while traveling home from an official trip in South Korea, the government announced on Saturday Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

    FILE - In this Monday April 30, 2012 file photo, Uganda’s interior minister Gen. Aronda Nyakairima speaks to the media near Kampala, Uganda. Uganda’s interior minister died suddenly while traveling home from an official trip in South Korea, the government announced on Saturday Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)  (The Associated Press)

Uganda's prime minister says the country's interior minister died suddenly while traveling home from official duty in South Korea.

Ruhakana Rugunda said in a statement Saturday that Gen. Aronda Nyakairima died while transiting through Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The statement said the cause of death is not yet known and that a team of pathologists had been dispatched to Dubai to assist with the postmortem examination and repatriation of the body.

Nyakairima, who was 56, served as interior minister since 2013. He had previously been the top commander of Uganda's military, and was credited with helping to push infamous warlord Joseph Kony from Ugandan territory.