From: Reuters
Published February 10, 2008 02:42 AM

Sudan arrests two over U.S. aid official's killing

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has arrested two suspects in connection with the killings of a U.S. aid official and his driver in the capital Khartoum six weeks ago, state media reported on Sunday.

The suspects opened fire when they were cornered on Saturday in a suburb of Omdurman, a city close to the Sudanese capital, the SUNA state news agency said. Security officers returned the fire.

At least one suspect, a number of security officers and a member of the public were wounded, said SUNA.

John Granville, a 33-year-old officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, was killed by gunmen while returning home from New Year celebrations in Khartoum on January 1. His driver, Abdelrahman Abbas Rahama, 39, was also killed.

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Granville was the first U.S. government official to be killed in Khartoum in more than three decades.

U.S. agents from Diplomatic Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation flew in to help with investigations into the killings.

A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Khartoum declined to comment on the reports of the arrests.

SUNA said security forces had tracked the suspects down to the suburb of Al-Fitaihab in Omdurman after a tip-off.

Quoting the "Press Office of Police," SUNA reported "the security organs carried out an arrest operation for two suspects, who started opening fire, leading to injury of some men of the security organs and a citizen."

"...the suspects were arrested, the injured were given medical treatment and put under arrest."

Police and security forces remained on alert, it said.

(Writing by Andrew Heavens, editing by Tim Pearce)

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