SUDAN WATCH: Gunmen demanding Thuraya satellite phone kill Darfur aid worker

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Gunmen demanding Thuraya satellite phone kill Darfur aid worker

From Reuters Khartoum Tuesday, 24 March 2009:
Gunmen demanding phone kill Darfur aid worker
Gunmen demanding a satellite phone have shot dead a Sudanese aid worker at his home in the Darfur region where he worked for a Canadian charity, the man's employer said on Tuesday.

"He was ambushed two days ago by men demanding a satellite phone. They beat him because he couldn't provide them with a Thuraya (phone)," said Mark Simmons, Sudan country director for the Fellowship for African Relief (FAR).

"They came to his house at 9 p.m. on Monday and when they didn't find a phone there they shot him," he added.

(Reporting by Andrew Heavens; Writing by Cynthia Johnston)
From BBC News Tuesday, 24 March 2009 - excerpts:
Relief worker shot dead in Darfur
A Sudanese worker with a Canadian aid agency has been shot dead in the Darfur region of Sudan.

The man was killed by gunmen who called at his home demanding his satellite phone, the Fellowship for African Relief told Reuters news agency.

"They came to his house at 9pm on Monday and when they didn't find a phone there they shot him," said Mark Simmons, of the charity.

"He was ambushed by men demanding a satellite phone. They beat him because he couldn't provide them with a Thuraya [phone]," Mr Simmons also told Reuters. [...]

Earlier this month, a Canadian woman was among three foreign aid workers kidnapped at gunpoint in Darfur and later freed by a gang calling themselves "Bashir's Eagles". [...]

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