• March 26, 2009

Khartoum: US bombed targets in Sudan

Khartoum: US bombed targets in Sudan

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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