Sudan angry, defiant after attack that it blames on Israel
Fire rages at the state-owned Al-Yarmuk Industrial Complex in southern Khartoum, Sudan, on Wednesday.
October 25th, 2012
04:56 PM ET

Sudan angry, defiant after attack that it blames on Israel

Sudan remained defiant and angry Thursday after a fatal late-night bombing of a weapons factory in that east African country - a sophisticated attack a Sudanese official continued to blame on Israel.

"This cowardly act makes Sudan now a confrontation state," said the government's information minister, Ahmed Bilal Osman.

Israel has declined comment on that attack, including Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Two people were killed when warplanes struck the weapons factory around midnight Tuesday, according to Osman.

"A formation of four planes came from the east (and) used advanced technology that jammed our radars, technology (that)  is available only to a few countries," the Sudanese official said.

A resident told CNN he saw two planes and a flash of light coming from them, followed by the sounds of rockets being fired. And video posted on YouTube of the attack on the Al-Yarmuk Industrial Complex showed a steady blaze, as well as intermittent explosions that looked like fireworks.

As he did earlier, Osman accused Israel of being behind the attack "with the objective of handicapping our military ability and paralyzing its advancement to weaken our sovereignty and political will." He vowed that Khartoum wouldn't stand for it, promising to take up the matter with the U.N. Security Council.

"We also maintain our right to respond in the place and time we choose," the information minister said.

Later, speaking to a small group of protesters, Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Taha emphatically vowed to protect his country's dignity and sovereignty.

"Every time Israel attacks us, every time our enemies attack, we become stronger and our faith in God (is) stronger," Taha said.

soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Tom Mills

    No one has much sympathy for those who breed terrorism. Israel and the free world has every right to take preemptive action to defend itself. Militant islam is on a one way trip-to oblivion.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Why "pre-emptive"? Sudan officially declared war on Israel back in 1967 when it signed the "Three No's" Khartoum Resolution of the Arab League. There is nothing "pre-emptive" in attacking military installation of a country DURING A WAR... but let the Sudanese to produce some EVIDENCE to support its accusations.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Take the same words Tom said and just replace a few words. This is how the Middle East and the rest of the world would make the assertion: "No one has much sympathy for those who breed terrorism. The Middle East and the free world has every right to take preemptive action to defend itself. Israel is on a one way trip-to oblivion." Globally, this makes more sense.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. littlelizard25

    If it truely was Isreal...." WAY to go IAF".

    October 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PETE

    Jesus said to israel in His day,ye call Abraham your father,but do the works of satan. So true of israel today ! Israel,when will you get rid of your satanic, zionist pigs as leaders? Violence begets violence,you reap what you sow isreahell!

    October 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Pete... It was Israel that recognized the right of ALL Arab states (including the still non-existing Palestinian state) to EXIST IN PEACE since the first day of its independence 64 years ago. It's the Arab and non-Arab Muslim countries that still did not recognize the right of Israel to exist. It was Israel that offered PEACE to all its neighbors and it were the Arab states that rejected each and every peace offer. So when you'll decide to blame Israel for the violence in the Middle East again GET A CLUE first. It usually helps.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Extreme Islam killer

      Mohammed, only a Mohammed uses the word Zionist pig. You teach your children your hate and your children breed another generation of hostile poverty stricken Mohammeds .

      Israel continues to thrive a tiny little sliver of land. Must really make you mad? All of that Prosperity. Looks like the God of Israel is delivering his promises.

      October 26, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Thinker23

    AS of now there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING Sudan can show to support the accusations against Israel. On the other hand, a couple of years ago Sudanese news agencies reported a bizzarre story about a Zi0nist agent who was walking through the Khartoum market shaking hands with the merchants. According to Sudanese reports by the end of the day all merchants who shook hands with the Zi0nist agents lost their reproductive organs... Something we should remember while reading news reports coming from Khartoum...

    October 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Lol... thanks for the good laugh, these arabs are so stupid they will believe anything.

      October 25, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PETE

    thinker23, Read the protocols of zionism,do a google search! Open your mind,it might help!

    October 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      As Joe said above these arabs are so stupid they will believe anything... even "protocols of zionism"...

      October 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Extreme Islam killer

      Protocols of Zionism? You sound insane.Quit blaming Israel for all of your problems and bloom where you are planted. Israel made there tiny bit of land an oasis. Islam has turned the rest of the middle east into a dung pit filled with crazed Muslims who have a God who has a bllood lust that can never be

      October 26, 2012 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Yeddo

    The protocols of Zionism? Is there a secret handshake involved? Baloney.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Apparently it has something to do with destroying the World Trade Center, faking the moon landing, killing the Kennedys, and a bunch of other nonsense.

      October 26, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    Sudan is upset? Oh no. What will they do now? Supply weapons and safe haven to terrorists? Oh wait, they already do that. So, nothing has changed. Except that one factory is rubble. On balance, the good guys are ahead.

    October 26, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. michael rychter

    as an israeli jew i am waiting for the day that sudan will say to israel......lets be friends come and help me bloom the fields with fruit.when will arabs come to sense and coperate with israel together?

    October 26, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. mike

    Israel playing bully once again, who shale fly paid for jets over use soil and bomb the weapons factory that feed Israeli defense force. No ONE! this is an act of war, just as Israel bombed Syria and their bombs on Gaza. The "peaceful" state of Israel chooses war once again.

    October 26, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Regina

      Are we just conveniently forgetting that Susan's government is in the process of deliberately and methodically starving its own people? And no country dares to interfere with that? Except Israel apparently

      October 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Duncan McNeil

    I think the Sudanese are paranoid. It was probably a flatulent Camel.

    October 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Name*warchild

    Good job iaf

    October 27, 2012 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. bribarian

    israel is the real rogue terrorist state

    October 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dirk

    Who cares?

    October 30, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |