Saturday, 8 November 2014

‘Insane’ Man Kills 2 Guards At Sudan Presidential Palace

View of the Sudanese Presidential Palace in Khartoum
Viw of Sudan presidential palace: Photo: AFP

A sword-wielding man described as "insane" killed two Sudanese soldiers on Saturday before being shot dead as he tried to enter the palace where President Omar al-Bashir has his offices, Yahoo news reports.

The attacker refused to stop at the presidential palace's western gate before seizing a gun from one of the guards, killing two of them and being shot dead himself, presidential press secretary Emad Sidahmed told AFP.

Bashir and his ministers were not in the palace at the time of the attack, Sidahmed said.

The president, who took power in a 1989 Islamist-backed coup, has a separate residence near the military headquarters in Khartoum.

Sidahmed said that the security forces had already started to investigate the attack.

Army spokesman Colonel Al-Sawarmy Khaled Saad said the attacker, whom he described as "insane", arrived at the gate with a sword, which he used to stab one guard.

The man then grabbed a gun, shooting the wounded guard dead and killing another before other soldiers opened fire on him, Saad said.

In a statement, Saad named the attacker as Salah Kafi Quwa, and said he was originally from the town of Kadugli in South Kordofan state, where insurgents are battling the Khartoum government.

The president's office suggested that the attacker was mentally ill in a separate statement, but gave no further details.

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