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U.S. Diplomat Assassinated in Sudan

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    January 2, 2008 U.S. Diplomat Killed in Sudan By
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 1, 2008
      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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