Sudan Turns Violent After a Leader Dies - New York Times
Sudan Turns Violent After a Leader Dies
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: August 1, 2005
Filed at 12:10 p.m. ET
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) -- Rioters burned cars and threw stones in Sudan's capital Monday after a helicopter crash killed the country's vice president, who until recently was a southern rebel leader.
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Rioters burned cars and threw stones in Sudan's capital today after a helicopter crash killed the country's vice president.
Sudanese leaders appealed for calm and said the nation's peace process would remain on track. But some southern Sudanese were suspicious about the circumstances of the death of John Garang, who was a key figure in the fledgling peace deal between the predominantly Arab Muslim government and the Christian south.
Anti-riot police were deployed to several areas of Sudan's capital, Khartoum, where crowds pelted passers-by with stones and smashed car windows. At least 10 private and government-owned cars were set on fire.