From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Mar 25 2009 - 11:13:43 EST
Khartoum: US bombed targets in Sudan
Wed, 25 Mar 2009 14:31:11 GMT
Sudan has confirmed reports that the US Air Force conducted a strike
against suspected arm smugglers killing scores of people on its soil.
American planes, last January, attacked and bombed an arms convoy which
was heading towards Sudan-Egypt borders, the Egyptian Al-Shurooq
newspaper said Tuesday.
The report also noted that the convoy, consisting of 17 trucks, carried
39 passengers -- none of which survived the attack.
The Sudanese state minister for highways Mabrouk Mubarak Saleem told
reporters at a press conference in the Eastern city of Kassala near
Eritrea that a "major power bombed small trucks carrying arms, burring
all of them. It killed Sudanese, Eritrean and Ethiopians [passengers]
and injured others."
The blitz is believed to have occurred in a desert area in Northwest of
Port Sudan city, near the Mount Al-Sha'anoon.
The planes that carried out the attack were most likely based in
Djibouti, an Egyptian official told the Al-Shurooq newspaper on
condition of anonymity.
The official highlighted that airstrike was a flagrant violation of
Sudan's sovereignty. Khartoum has therefore discussed the matter with
Cairo in an effort to gather more information to formulate a response.
The Al-Shurooq newspaper said that Sudanese authorities have conducted
'a full blown dossier' on the attack containing images, forensics as
well as remains of weapons and satellite phones.
The US Army at times has attacked African nationals on their soil under
the pretext of 'war on terror' which allegedly seeks to eradicate
insurgents and establish security and stability.
In January 2007, two American helicopter gunships killed 31 civilians,
including a newlywed couple, in an attack on suspected al-Qaeda
operatives near Afmadow -- a southern Somalia town situated in a
forested area and close to the Kenyan border.
Washington officials had no comment on the strike.
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