The $10-Million Hunt for U.S. Diplomat Killers Is On

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The $10-Million Hunt for U.S. Diplomat Killers Is On

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The $10-Million Hunt for U.S. Diplomat Killers Is On

Today Secretary of State Hillary Clinton classified two Sudanese men — Abdelbasit Alhaj Alhassan Haj Hamad and Mohamed Makawi Ibrahim Mohamed — as terrorists, and the Obama administration offered $10 million for information leading to their capture. The men were convicted in 2009 for the January 2008 murders, in Khartoum, Sudan, of a 33-year-old U.S. diplomat named John Granville and a USAID employee Granville was working with, but the suspects somehow escaped in 2010 from a prison in Kober, Sudan, via the prison's (apparently insecure) sewage system. (They were never recovered by Sudan authorities.)

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Granville's death, the subsequent escape of his killers, and now the Obama administration's reward for their detention poses a great challenge to a long-held wish of the Sudanese government: to be removed from the U.S.'s official list of countries that sponsor terrorism. Sudan has occupied a spot on the list since 1993.

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