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Sudanese Army Officer Is Held in American Official’s Murder

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“These guys didn’t like Americans or British people,”

By Jeffrey Gettleman

February 12, 2008 Sudan (The New York Times) — One of two men arrested Saturday in connection with the killing of the American diplomat in Sudan last month is a Sudanese Army officer, a senior Sudanese law enforcement official said Monday.

According to the official, the army officer was the ringleader of a small cell of terrorists, and was not acting on behalf of the Sudanese government.

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Mr. Granville and his Sudanese driver were shot early on Jan. 1, as they headed home from a New Year’s party in Khartoum , Sudan ’s capital. A car zoomed in front of theirs and opened fire, instantly killing the driver, Abdel Rahman Abbas. Mr. Granville, 33, died hours later at a hospital.

“These guys didn’t like Americans or British people,” said the law enforcement official.

According to a second Sudanese official, who was also not authorized to speak publicly, the cell was formed last year after Sudan ’s president, Omar al-Bashir, vehemently rejected the idea of a United Nations peacekeeping mission to Darfur, the turbulent region in western Sudan . The cell included operatives from other Arab countries, the second official said, and it planned to attack American and British officials in Sudan .

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Last year, the United Nations warned its staff in Sudan that there was credible evidence that a terrorist cell was in the country and planning to attack foreigners. Diplomats were told to change their routes to work and be on the lookout for anyone trailing them.

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