Sudan blames Israel for blast (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Roi Kais and Reuters Latest Update: 05.22.12, 20:04)
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Arms smuggler killed in mysterious car blast; Sudanese foreign
minister: Explosion similar to past Israeli attacks
One person was killed when a car exploded in the eastern Sudanese
city of Port Sudan on Tuesday, residents and state media said.
Later, Sudan´s foreign minister blamed Israel for the blast, which
apparently targeted an arms smuggler.
Minister Ali Karti said the blast was similar to previous Israeli
attacks on smugglers near the Red Sea.
"The Zionist entity imagines that Sudan supports some of the
Palestinian factions," he told al-Shuruq channel. Sky News in Arabic
quoted eyewitnesses who claimed that a pit was discovered at the site
of the blast, possibly indicating an airstrike.
Earlier, state news agency SUNA, showing a picture of the damaged
front of the car, gave no reason for the explosion at the Red Sea
SUNA said the dead driver was trader Nasser Awadallah Ahmed Said, 65.
A Port Sudan resident said he belonged to the Ababda tribe, known for
smuggling goods into Egypt.
East Sudan has long been a route for arms smuggling, often through
Egypt´s Sinai desert into the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian territory
run by Hamas Islamists.
Government officials contacted by Reuters declined to comment, saying
the incident was under investigation.
In April 2011, Sudan said two people were killed in Port Sudan in a
missile strike that Khartoum blamed on Israel, which declined to
Israel neither admitted nor denied a similar attack in eastern Sudan
in 2009. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/22/12)
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