Second Group of American Evacuees Arrive from Sudan
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ A second planeload of U.S. citizens evacuated from Sudan because of fears of anti-American terrorism arrived in this East African capital early Sunday morning, the U.S. Embassy said.
The chartered jet carrying 130 passengers arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 12:30 a.m. The U.S. Embassy said most of those aboard were Americans, but did not give a specific figure.
Eighteen Canadians, one Briton and 10 passengers of other nationalities were also aboard.
The majority of the passengers were dependents of American diplomats assigned to the embassy in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital. They were taken to a downtown Nairobi luxury hotel where they joined the first group of 175 evacuees, who arrived Friday.
The second flight brought to more than 300 the number of foreigners evacuated from neighboring Sudan from Kenya. The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum had said last week that there were 200 employees assigned to the embassy and an equal number of dependents.
Washington decided to evacuate non-essential diplomatic personnel and dependents because of a purported Libyan threat to Americans following Tuesday’s U.S. air raids on Libya, Sudan’s southeastern neighbor.
Tuesday night, a U.S. Embassy communications specialist was shot in the head and critically wounded in Khartoum by an unidentified assailant.
The first Americans evacuated from Sudan arrived in Nairobi on a chartered DC-10 belonging to the West German airline Lufthansa. The U.S. Embassy did not identify the plane used to bring in the group of evacuees early Sunday, except to say it was a charter flight.
Airlift organizers are using non-U.S. planes because Sudan’s petroleum workers’ union decided not to service American aircraft or ships to protest the U.S. air strikes.
Embassy officials in Nairobi have said the evacuees will spend several days in the Kenyan capital before heading for various destinations. Many of the Americans have said they intend to return to the United States for a while.
The U.S. government has not said whether there will be any more evacuations from Sudan.