Amnesty: Sudan protesters killed by automatic rifle fire

August 3, 2012 19:51

KHARTOUM - Eight Sudanese protesters killed this week at an anti-government demonstration in the Darfur region were shot with live ammunition used in automatic rifles, Amnesty International said, citing medical sources.

Police have said they were forced to act when Tuesday's protest escalated, but exercised only minimum force. They did not say whether they had fired live ammunition.

Sudan said eight people had been killed during the clashes between police and protesters in Nyala, Darfur's biggest town. Activists have published names of 12 people they say were killed in the worst violence since anti-government protests broke out in June.

"The Sudanese security forces must not be allowed to police demonstrations in such a reckless manner and with flagrant disregard for human life," the UK-based Amnesty International said in a statement late on Thursday.

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