January 2, 2008
U.S. Diplomat Killed in Sudan
man/index.html?inline=nyt-per> JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
New York Times
NAIROBI, Kenya - An American diplomat in
dan/index.html?inline=nyt-geo> Sudan was shot and killed early Tuesday as he
was coming home from a New Year's Eve party at the British Embassy in
Khartoum, the capital, Western officials said. His driver, a Sudanese
employee of the American Embassy, was shot and killed next to him.
Khartoum is considered one of the safest big cities in Africa. Violent
crime, especially with guns, is very rare.
American officials did not immediately identify the diplomat.
Sudanese officials said they were closely investigating the shooting.
According to one Western official, the diplomat left the party around 2:30
a.m., dropped off a friend and then proceeded to his home on Abdullah
al-Taib Street in central Khartoum. The neighborhood is near a large
nations/index.html?inline=nyt-org> United Nations compound and home to many
diplomats and aid workers. It is also considered very safe.
According to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because
he was not authorized to speak publicly, a gunman was waiting for the
diplomat near his home and shot him at close range shortly after he arrived.
Walter Braunohler, a spokesman for the American Embassy in Khartoum, said he
could not comment on the circumstances because the shooting was under
A report from BBC said the diplomat had been shot in the neck and chest.
Embassy officials said he died after undergoing surgery.
Sudanese officials have often vilified the American government, and
anti-American feeling has been steadily growing within the country. Some
Western officials in the country said the shooting was reminiscent of the
killing of Laurence Foley, an American aid official who was shot outside his
home in Amman, Jordan, in 2002. Two years later, a military court in Jordan
sentenced to death eight Islamic militants linked to
a/index.html?inline=nyt-org> Al Qaeda - six of them in absentia - for his
On Monday, President Bush, who has called the conflict in Darfur a genocide,
signed a bill that makes it easier for mutual funds and other investment
managers to sell stakes in companies that do business in Sudan. The bill is
intended to focus on Sudan's oil and defense industries and is part of the
broader campaign to put pressure on the Sudanese government to end the
bloodshed in Darfur, a troubled region in western Sudan where more than
200,000 people have died.
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