Editor-in-chief El Tayyar released from hospital in Sudan’s capital
The editor-in-chief of El Tayyar daily newspaper, Osman Mirghani, was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday.
After recovering from injuries inflicted by a group of masked gunmen on Saturday, Mirghani left El Zeitoun hospital on Wednesday. He directly went to the newspapers’ office in downtown Khartoum.
At El Tayyar office, the editor-in-chief told the press about the attack. He said that six gunmen stormed his office on Saturday just before sunset. A seventh assailant then joined them. They insulted him and beat him until he lost consciousness, and was transferred to the hospital.
The Khartoum police investigating the incident revealed that it has obtained important information about the attackers.
An unknown group, calling itself the Hamza Combat Group Against Atheism and Heresy, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement distributed in downtown Khartoum on Sunday. The group has vowed to attack anyone who is “openly hostile to the Palestinian resistance”.
Mirghani had defended the idea of normalising relations with Israel last week in a Sudanese TV talk show. He had also written a column on the issue in the newspaper. The TV programme was recorded more than three weeks ago, but aired at the time of the Israeli attacks on Gaza.
On Sunday, about 500 journalists went to the streets in “an outrageous protest against the terrorist attack”. The march went from El Tayyar office to the National Council for Press and Publications, where representatives of the Sudanese Journalists Network submitted a memorandum. They demanded freedom of expression, and the arrest of the perpetrators.
News photo: Osman Mirghani leaving the hospital, making the sign of victory with two pens (Radio Dabanga correspondent)
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