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Sudan Opposition Pols Questioned

September 25, 1999

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) _ Sudanese authorities have interrogated at least 12 activists from a banned opposition party in connection with the bombing of a new oil pipeline, an independent newspaper reported Saturday.

Security officials have summoned eight Umma party supporters for questioning and have kept two in custody, Al-Sahafa daily quoted Adam Ahmed Yusuf as saying. Yusuf leads prayers at a mosque frequented by party activists.

Two other party members _ including Sideeq el-Sadeq el-Mahdi, the son of former Prime Minister Sadeq el-Mahdi _ were summoned briefly for questioning two days after the blast, Yusuf told the newspaper.

The National Democratic Alliance, an opposition coalition that includes the former prime minister’s outlawed Umma party, has claimed responsibility for Monday’s bombing, 185 miles northeast of the capital, Khartoum. Sudan just began using the pipeline in late August; the blast briefly interrupted oil flow.

Investigators reportedly found an emblem of the Umma Liberation Army _ the military wing of the Umma party _ near the explosion site.

Sudan has said it will seek the extradition of any opposition figures abroad implicated in the bombing. Though the Egyptian government has condemned the bombing, it was not expected to hand over any opposition members to the Sudanese government.

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