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29.09.2014 Sudan

Spanish embassy worker found stabbed to death in Sudan: police

By AFP
Sudanese police officers stand guard in Khartoum on April 10, 2010.  By Patrick Baz (AFP/File)Sudanese police officers stand guard in Khartoum on April 10, 2010. By Patrick Baz (AFP/File)
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Khartoum (AFP) - A Spanish national working at his country's embassy was found Monday stabbed to death at his home in Khartoum, Sudanese police said, with the foreign ministry speaking of a "crime".

Police identified the victim as the head of the visa section at the Spanish embassy.

The victim was 61 and had been living in Sudan for three years, police said, adding that he was found dead at his residence at dawn in Khartoum's eastern district of Garden City.

The police and the foreign ministry said an investigation was under way.

"The police force of Khartoum state and its teams of special criminal investigators have launched a probe in order to find the perpetrator or perpetrators as soon as possible," the foreign ministry said.

"The foreign ministry is confident that the perpetrators of this crime will be found," it added.

The ministry described the man's death as a "regrettable incident that took place at dawn" on Monday.

"The foreign ministry expresses its condolences to the Spanish embassy, and the family of the departed, for their painful loss," it said.

A Spanish foreign ministry spokesman confirmed the man was the head of the visa section at the embassy "but did not have the status of a diplomat."

"An investigation has been opened and our embassy is in contact with Sudanese police and the Sudanese interior ministry," he added.

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