RIA Novosti/Attack on Sudan’s presidential palace leaves 2 guards dead

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SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – A lone man conducted an attack on Sudan’s presidential palace, stabbing two guards to death just outside Sudan’s presidential palace in the nation’s capital, Khartoum, before being shot by soldiers thereafter.

The attack on the presidential guards occurred when a man attempted to pass through a security checkpoint at the entrance of the palace, according to an AP report. After a brief argument with the soldiers he stabbed one of the guards with a knife, then took his gun and started firing erratically.

Before he was shot dead by other guards, another soldier was killed.

“A little while ago someone attacked soldiers who guarded one of the gates of the palace,” Sudanese President’s press representative Emad Ahmed said as quoted by Reuters. “(He) did not respond to calls to stop and was shot dead. Two soldiers were killed during the attack by someone who seemed to be suffering from a mental illness,” he added.

The authorities said the man did not belong to any political and/or religious group. He was a native of the war-torn Kordofan province, they said.

This circumstance might have motivated him to commit acts of violence against the Sudanese President and military. However, the authorities insist the man was mentally unstable.

The nation’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was absent from the palace when the skirmish happened. The 70-year-old President was at his residence in another part of the capital.

Source: RIA Novosti

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