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Radio station says Russian pilot killed in Sudan during rebel assault

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By Wasil Ali

May 26, 2008 (WASHINGTON) — A MIG-29 fighter Jet was shot down killing its Russian pilot during the Darfur rebel assault on the Sudanese capital earlier this month, a Russian radio station said today.

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The independent Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy quoted a man by the name of Vladimir as saying that a colleague of his in Sudan told him that “a flight instructor flying a MIG-29 was shot down from a large-caliber machine-gun during this fighting [Darfur rebel attack]”.

The Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) fighters mounted an assault on the Sudanese capital on May 10th that took the government and international community by surprise. However the Sudanese government managed to repulse the attack and accused Chad of backing JEM in its attempt.

Vladimir said the slain pilot was a flight instructor training the Sudanese pilots on flying the MIG-29 fighter jets. In 2004 Khartoum said that Moscow supplied them with a dozen MIG-29’s.

The report by the Russian radio comes almost two weeks after Sudanese authorities closed down the Arabic language Alwan newspaper for publishing news on a Russian fighter jet and its Russian pilot, who went missing after the attack by JEM.

“The rumor about the missing MIG-29 belonging to the armed forces during the incidents in Omdurman got no confirmation or denial from the government or JEM even though everybody is looking at the sky and inquiring about the fate of the fighter jet and the Russian pilot” was the text published in the newspaper that triggered the crackdown by Sudanese security.

The pro-government Sudanese Media Center (SMC) website have said that Salah Gosh, the head of Sudan’s National Security and Intelligence Service issued a decree suspending the publication of the newspaper and ordered a freeze on its properties and assets while filing a police complaint against its editor in Chief Hussein Khogali.

SMC said that the decree was issued because Alwan “disclosed sensitive military information harmful to the country’s security and its accomplishments”.

The Ekho Moskvy radio also quoted Vladimir as saying that the flight instructor managed to eject after his plane was shot by JEM rebels “but the parachute failed to open and the pilot died”.

Vladimir did not provide the pilot’s name but said that “he was from the Ryazan higher military academy”.

The radio station also contacted the Russian Defense Ministry which denied the report and quoted its spokesman as saying that “if something like this had happened we would have received relevant documents. If we don’t have them, nothing has happened”.

The defense ministry also said they have no intention of checking on the report of the MIG-29 fighter in Sudan or the fate of its pilot.

Russia and Sudan have mainianted strong military ties. In October 2006 the Russian electronic newspaper published in English Kommersant, said that Khartoum asked Moscow to provide the Sudanese army with modern weapons and train local specialists to work with new technology.

The newspaper said that the Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir sent a letter to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, asking to sell a large consignment of military jets and helicopters to his country.

Last year Russia was accused by Amnesty International (AI) supplying arms to Sudan for use in Darfur in breach of a UN arms embargo per resolution 1591. But the Russian foreign ministry denied the charge.

AI said that in 2005 Russia sold $21m of military material to Sudan.

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  • 28 May 2008 07:53, by Thomas A. Valter

    Bruffo! JEM,

    Khartoum will be one day of pure black african but not more what thery say

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  • 28 May 2008 08:14, by David M. Kuol

    The World as well as International Community are tired of Sudan NCP crime against humanity.

    God also feel bitter on them with those supplies them with poisonous weapon to kill innocent civilians in Darfur and South Sudan Abyei,

    Iran and Moscow should know the Government they invested is bloody and they smearing thiers hands in Blood of innocent.

    COntinued with Assault JEM, SLA is selfish and never try never knows.

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  • 28 May 2008 09:16, by wendit

    Good news for both N.Sudan and Russia Government because they are causing bleeding of human blood for their fake deals of killing, and one day God will cut off their rubbish relationship.

    Supply more MIG-29 fighter jets to N.Sudan and JEM reble will still destroy them like one destroyed.

    By Wendit.

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    • 28 May 2008 11:49, by Mabior Akol

      look at that good news you the Russian Government what involue you in to Sudan war is it because of Southern Sudan oil shame on you with Wumar Asen Bishilu who claim to be tha leader of Sudan whom are you going to lead wild you are killing the innocence people in Darfur and Abyei you with your group you are very near to go to hell,let God kept JEM like SPLM/A.
      By De Mabior Akol

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  • 28 May 2008 13:07, by Ahasakmoi

    Oil is bad, Oil is finishing our people, Oil has displaced the people of Abyei, so what can we do to its impatc?, even the Rusians who have developed technologically can accept to die becuase of our oil. Our brothers, JEM, if you have lucks, just deal a way with them and if possible finished them in that same safer way.

    We are very grateful for your progress, especially the attack on Khartoum was an indication that you can also do wonders, so now you have raised respect from all over, you are the right people to protect our brothers in Darfur, the SPLA/M is behind you.

    Time for Rusian jets is nearing its conclusion, good work bravo.......JEM

    Cairo Concerner

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    • 28 May 2008 15:30, by Daniel Kalaka

      Brova JEM,Brova SLA this is lesson for Bashir to realize that soon his would dispear from the surface of the world completely due to his crime against humanity ! so far you can deep your hand into Oil and to pull it out everybody would realize it you have deep your hand into it and could devently cause effect to!!!

      Steal is bad, better to depend on your own sweat of face through suffering and you can be enjoy the real fruit of it Oh !Darfurian Congralute for that keep up JEH Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee,Daefurian Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee,SLA oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

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      • 29 May 2008 03:19, by Henry Makuei

        Bravo JEM for shooting down the fighter jet, this is what we had been doing during the SPLA war. your struggle must continue even if it rain with fire and spears.

        Sudan government idea of using foreign pilots is a total failure to run the country in its historic events. this is not something new in sudan, since 1983, the government is fighting its own citizen using other allias.

        the 1992 jihad war was facilitated by Dr. Turabi and Biladen. take courage and fight for the betterment of Sudan not for Darfur in particular.

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