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Sudan Capital Tense Following Three Days of Rioting


A Sudanese newspaper editor says there was one incidence of violence Thursday in Khartoum --- following three days of rioting that killed more than 100 people and left more than 200 injured in the Sudanese capital.

William Ezechiel is the editor of the English-language daily, the Khartoum Monitor. He told Voice of America reporter William Eagle that several Arabic-speaking northerners in the city's Maygoma district attacked and injured three southerners at about four o’clock in the morning.

Rioting by southerners occurred in the capital earlier this week following the death in a plane crash last week-end of former rebel leader and vice president John Garang. Revenge attacks by northern residents of the city followed.

In separate statements Wednesday, Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir and Mr. Garang's successor, Salva Kiir Mayardit, appealed for calm. Mr. al-Bashir and other world leaders are expected to attend Mr. Garang's funeral in Juba, the planned capital of an autonomous southern Sudan. Mr. Garang’s body is being taken by plane to several towns in southern Sudan to allow mourners to pay their last respects. His body will be shown in towns where key battles took place during his rebel movement's 21-year civil war with the Muslim-dominated government. The United States has sent two senior envoys to Juba in a bid to keep the country's fragile peace from unraveling

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