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Sudan blames Israel for military factory blast

KHARTOUM — Israeli airstrikes caused an explosion and large fire at a military factory south of the capital, Khartoum, killing two people, Sudan’s government spokesman claimed Wednesday.

Information Minister Ahmed Belal Osman told reporters that four aircraft hit the Yarmouk complex, setting off an explosion that rocked the capital before dawn.

“Four planes coming from the east bombed the Yarmouk industrial complex,” Mr. Belal said. “They used sophisticated technology.”

He said his country has the right to respond and may take the issue to the U.N. Security Council.

Mr. Belal referred to a 2009 attack on an arms convoy in the Red Sea province in eastern Sudan, which his government also blamed on Israel.

“We are now certain that this flagrant attack was authorized by the same state of Israel. The main purpose is to frustrate our military capabilities and stop any development there and ultimately weaken our national sovereignty,” Mr. Belal said.

Israeli officials did not respond to requests for comment.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports