Sudan: Missile remnants are proof of Israeli strike

"Rockets used by US-made helicopters are only owned by Israel in region," Sudan Foreign Ministry says in response to attack that killed 2.

April 10, 2011 20:07
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The wreckage from an air strike in Sudan [file]

Sudan strike. (photo credit: Channel 10)

KHARTOUM - Sudan said on Sunday that remnants of a missile used in a mysterious attack that killed two people on April 5 proved that Israel carried out the strike.

Israel has declined to comment on the incident, which mirrored a similar attack on Sudan's east in 2009 for which it neither admitted nor denied responsibility.

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A car carrying two Sudanese nationals was targeted near Port Sudan's airport.

"The definitive proof that Israel was behind this attack is that the rockets used by the American-made Apache helicopters are only owned by Israel in the region," the Foreign Ministry statement said.

It said remnants at the scene showed the weapon was an AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missile.

The aircraft, the ministry said, had flown in from the direction of the Red Sea, scrambling Sudanese radar systems and following Port Sudan airport flight paths.

Sudan said Israel, which it considers an enemy state, was trying to derail efforts to normalise ties with Washington. The United States started the process of removing Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terror after Khartoum recognised a vote by its south to secede in July.

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