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Sudan president guards killed at Khartoum palace

Sudanese security guards stand at the gate of the presidential palace in Khartoum in 2010 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Sudan's leader President Omar al-Bashir is accused of war crimes in Darfur by the ICC - charges he denies

Two security guards have been killed by a man armed with a knife outside Sudan's presidential palace in the capital Khartoum, officials say.

The attacker seized one of the guards' weapons before other guards killed him, a presidential spokesman said.

He said the man appeared to be "mentally unstable". President Omar al-Bashir was not there at the time.

Mr Bashir first seized power in a coup in 1989, and announced last month he would run for office again next year.

Press secretary Emad Ahmed said the assailant did not respond to calls to stop before he was shot dead by guards.

The International Criminal Court (ICC), which Sudan does not recognise, has indicted President Bashir for genocide in the Darfur region. He denies the charges.

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Image caption Mr Bashir, who is 70, has a loyal following in Sudan's ruling party

The African Union (AU) has backed Mr Bashir in his rejection of The Hague-based court's indictment.

It argues that as a serving head of state, he enjoys presidential immunity.

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