Convicted Killer of USAID Employees in Sudan, and 2010 Escapee Reportedly Killed in Somalia

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Granville poses with Sudanese villagers,
after providing them with
solar-operated radios

AFP over the weekend reported that one of the four convicted killers of USAID’s John Granville and Abdel Rahman Abbas in South Sudan in January 1, 2008 was killed in Somalia:

May 8, 2011 | KHARTOUM – One of four Sudanese Islamists who escaped from prison last year after they were sentenced to hang for the murder of a US diplomat was killed while waging “jihad,” or holy war, in Somalia, his father said on Saturday.

Mohannad Osman Yussif Mohammed was one of the four Islamists convicted of the New Year’s Day killing, in 2008, of US diplomat John Granville, 33, and his driver Abdel Rahman Abbas, 40, who both worked for the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

“Today we were informed that Mohannad was killed in jihad in Somalia. I cannot tell anyone how we got this information,” the man’s father told reporters at his house in north Khartoum.

“I am calling for the government to release the Islamic youth from prison and also for the court to cancel the decision against Mohannad, because they were answering President Bashir’s call when he told them to fight international troops in Darfur,” he added.

The four escaped from Kober jail in northern Khartoum in June last year.

Read in full here, the AFP report was carried by a Philippine newspaper.  The headline runs “Sudanese diplomat killer slain in Somalia: father”.