Prompt trial urged in Sudan school children killing

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SudasnThe African Union’s mediator for Sudan called for a speedy trial for those responsible for killing school children at a protest in El-Obeid.

Mohamed Hassan Lebatt called for the ruling military council and opposition coalition to sign a constitutional declaration they have been wrangling over for weeks.

A joint legal committee is due to meet and is expected to complete work on the document, he told a news conference.

A date will be set for signing the constitutional declaration after the meeting, he said, adding he hoped it would happen quickly.

Six people, at least four children, were shot dead on Monday when security forces broke up a student protest in El-Obeid, opposition-linked doctors said. The teenagers were rallying against fuel and bread shortages, residents said.

The children’s deaths came during heightened tension between Sudan’s military rulers and the main opposition coalition delaying already stalled talks over a transition deal following the overthrow of long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir.