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Sudan arrests two suspects in the slaying of US diplomat

February 9, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese authorities announced today that they have arrested two suspects in the killing of a USAID officer in Khartoum last month.

Sudanese men look at the flag-draped coffin of U.S. diplomat John Granville, 33, who worked for the USAID, as it is received by U.S. officials in Khartoum, Jan. 3, 2008. (AP)
Sudanese men look at the flag-draped coffin of U.S. diplomat John Granville, 33, who worked for the USAID, as it is received by U.S. officials in Khartoum, Jan. 3, 2008. (AP)
Sudanese police said in a statement that there was an exchange of fire between them and the suspects that led to some injuries before they were taken into custody.

However their names were not released.

Granville was shot and killed along with his driver on New Years by gunmen in a passing car who cut him off as he was being driven home in Sudan’s capital.

The US official was being driven home at about 4 a.m. when another vehicle cut off his car and opened fire before fleeing the scene, the Sudanese Interior Ministry said.

John Granville, 33, was an official working for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Sudan. He was working to implement a 2005 peace agreement between Sudan’s north and south
that ended more than two decades of civil war, USAID said.

The FBI sent a team to assist in the investigations.

(ST)