Sudan election violence kills at least 5 in south
KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan's ruling party says soldiers from the semi-autonomous south have killed at least five of its supporters in the first reported incident of deadly violence during the country's historic elections.
The violence reported Thursday took place as five days of voting came to an end.
Sudan's first multiparty presidential, parliamentary and local elections in 24 years were marred by allegations of fraud and boycotts and raised concerns of new unrest.
A statement from the ruling National Congress party said southern soldiers killed five of its supporters Wednesday in the southern province of Western Bahr el-Ghazal. A party spokesman said nine were killed. The discrepancy could not immediately be reconciled.