Hundreds protest after two killed in east Sudan

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Posted: Sep 22, 2011 6:39 AM
Hundreds protest after two killed in east Sudan

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Hundreds of people marched in the east of Sudan on Thursday in protest at the deaths of two people during clashes with police the previous day, residents said.

The two died in the town of Gedaref. The interior ministry said the violence had started when police tried to execute an order from local authorities to remove cattle held illegally in one area of the town.

One policeman was injured during the clashes after residents resisted the order, the ministry said.

On Thursday, hundreds of members of the same tribe as the two dead gathered in the center of Gedaref to protest, residents said.

They said the protest was directed at the police, not the government. Anger has been simmering in east Sudan which opposition activists says is underdeveloped compared to the capital Khartoum and other parts of the African country.

(Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Robert Woodward)