- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 3, 2008


Authorities probe U.S. envoy’s slaying

KHARTOUM — Sudanese authorities yesterday questioned witnesses in the slaying of an American diplomat who was shot in a drive-by attack in the capital.

Sudanese officials insisted that the shooting was not a terrorist attack, but the U.S. Embassy said it was too soon to determine the motive.

John Granville, 33, an official for the U.S. Agency for International Development, was being driven home at about 4 a.m. Tuesday when another vehicle cut off his car and opened fire before fleeing the scene, the Sudanese Interior Ministry said.

The diplomat’s driver, Abdel-Rahman Abbas, also was killed. His family said the two victims had been heading home from a New Year’s party at the home of a British diplomat.


U.S. Embassy probes sailor deaths

ACCRA — The U.S. Embassy opened an investigation into the deaths of two U.S. Navy sailors in Ghana’s capital, a naval official said yesterday.

Their bodies were found in their room at the La Palm Beach Hotel in Accra on New Year’s Eve, said the high-ranking official at the Tema Naval Base, about 18 miles from the capital.

There was no evidence of a robbery or of an attack on the sailors, said the official, who did not want to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The sailors were stationed aboard the USS Fort McHenry, which is on a seven-month voyage through the Gulf of Guinea aimed at training local law enforcement on maritime security.


Aid workers set free

MOGADISHU — Two foreign aid workers who were kidnapped last week in Somalia were released yesterday, a diplomat said.

The abducted women — a doctor from Spain and a nurse from Argentina — were seized Dec. 26 in Puntland, a semiautonomous region in northeastern Somalia.

Puntland often serves as a staging area for human traffickers running boats into Yemen, and piracy has been rampant off its coast.

In recent months, however, the U.S. Navy has led international patrols to combat piracy in the region, reducing attacks on merchant ships and vessels carrying aid.


Car bomb kills 4 near the capital

ALGIERS — A car bomb exploded near a police station in a town east of the Algerian capital yesterday, killing at least four persons and ripping off the building’s facade, witnesses said.

The blast followed twin suicide bombings Dec. 11 at U.N. offices and a government building that killed at least 37 persons in the capital of Algiers.

A journalist and another resident in the city of Naciria said the car sped toward the police station and exploded. The two spoke on the condition of anonymity because they feared for their safety.

The Interior Ministry said the attack killed at least four persons and wounded 20 others, including eight police officers.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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