November 2, 2011 / 6:09 AM / 8 years ago

Protest in east Sudan after boy killed by police in car chase

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Police used teargas to break up a protest in eastern Sudan on Tuesday after police killed a 13-year old boy while chasing a truck, a witness said.

Anger in the African country has been simmering over a severe economic crisis with spiralling food prices and lack of development.

Hundreds of residents gathered in the city of Kassala near the border with Eritrea on Tuesday after the 13-year boy died. A 12-year old boy was also injured during the chase.

“Police used teargas to disperse the protest. People are very angry,” said the witness, who asked not to be identified.

A police spokesman said the boy had been killed accidentally when police opened fire on a truck they suspected was carrying smuggled food. He said police in Kassala are investigating the incident.

Protests are rare in Sudan although small demonstrations against rising inflation have been held place in the capital Khartoum in the past few weeks.

Sudan has been struggling with a crisis since its former civil war foe South Sudan took away much of the oil production when it became independent in July. The lack of oil revenues — the dominant source of state income — has driven up inflation.

Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir visited Kassala last week to unveil government projects in the region.

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