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Eye-witness to U.S. shooting comes forward in Sudan

ICC Note

In ongoing investigation to determine groups and/or individuals behind killing the U.S aid official and his driver in Khartoum, some information came to light when an eye witness to the shooting came forward with what he witnessed.

Mon 14 Jan 2008 Sudan (Reuters) – A man who witnessed the murder of a U.S. aid official and his driver in Khartoum has contacted police investigators, Sudan ‘s justice minister said on Monday.

“There is an eye witness to the shooting who has given some information,” Mohammed Ali al-Mardi told Reuters.

“We are hoping this will tighten the police’s grip on the suspect or suspects.”

John Granville, a 33-year-old officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, was shot and killed while returning home from New Year’s celebrations in Khartoum in the early hours of January 1. Granville’s driver, Abdelrahman Abbas Rahama, 39, was also killed.

An Islamist Web site posted a message from a group calling itself Ansar al-Tawhid in Sudan (Companions of Monotheism), claiming responsibility for the killings.


Local media on Monday reported the witness who had stepped forward was a minibus driver and that police were using his information to draw up an artist’s sketch of the main suspect.


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