Thousands of riot police using water cannons and attacking with truncheons brutally cleared a ramshackle Sudanese refugee camp. Security officials said at least 20 refugees, including three children, died in the melee.
An official Interior Ministry statement said 12 protesters died and 74 police were wounded Friday morning. But other ministry officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press, put the number of dead at 20.
Boutros Deng, one of the protest leaders at the camp, told The Associated Press that 26 Sudanese were killed, including 17 men, two women and seven children.
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