Sudan: February 13, 2002

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Several sources (including the US government) reported that Sudanese government aircraft bombed the town of Akeum (Bahr al-Ghazal province) February 11. The airstrike apparently took place right after a WFP food delivery. One report said the WFP warehouse was the target. At least two people were killed in the air raid. The US denounced the strike as a direct attack on a civilian target and said that the air attack breaks Khartoums pledge to the US to stop bombing civilian targets for four weeks. On February 13 the UN office in Khartoum protested the attack. On the same day the Sudanese government said that it regretted the attack (which confirmed that it did take place). Khartoum blamed the air strike on a technical error. On February 15 a number of reports appeared in the press that said five people died in the village of Nimne (south Sudan) when a Sudanese government airplane dropped three bombs. That attack also allegedly took place on February 11. (One of the reporting organizations was Doctors Without Borders. Apparently, one of the men killed was a Sudanese who worked for Doctors Without Borders.)


 

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