SUDAN PROTEST: Whipping up popular anger over a U.S. missile strike, President Omar el-Bashir said Saturday that Sudanese were prepared to die in a holy war.
"America is attacking us because we are guardians of Islam," el-Bashir told a crowd of at least 5,000 people who rallied in a square outside his offices in central Khartoum."We have tasted the sweet flavor of jihad (holy war) and martyrdom and what we seek now is to die for the sake of God," el-Bashir said.
"Go! Go! We are behind you," and "Death to America" responded the throng, which included Cabinet ministers, members of parliament, trade unionists and students.
After el-Bashir's speech, some 500 protesters went to the British Embassy where they hurled stones at the building. One demonstrator climbed to the top of the embassy flagpole and cut down the Union Jack. After the flag dropped to the ground, demonstrators tore it to pieces.
AFGHANISTAN ACCOUNT: Exploding U.S. cruise missiles sent terrified people screaming through a base in Afghanistan that Washington claims was used to train Islamic militants.
A Pakistani man who was at the camp on Thursday night when the U.S. attacked said he saw fire in the sky, then felt the missiles hit.
"There was panic and screaming, and people running everywhere. I remember nothing after that because I passed out," Muhammed Furqan told The Associated Press on Saturday from his hospital bed in Mianshah, a Pakistani border town.
He had wounds on his legs, chest and head that he said were from the U.S. attack. Furqan said he was engaged in "religious studies" at the camp near Khost, just across the border from Pakistan. Other accounts tended to confirm the U.S. assertion that the camp was used for military training.
Badshah Gul, the base commander, said that when he heard the blasts, he thought his men were engaged in their usual drill of hurling bombs at targets.
"But the explosions were so big that they lit the sky for a while, and I began to realize what actually happened," Gul was quoted by the national Pakistani newspaper The News as saying.
ITALIAN KILLED: In Kabul, an Italian army officer working for the United Nations died Saturday after being shot on Friday, apparently in retaliation for the U.S. missile strikes.
Afghan authorities said two Pakistani suspects had been arrested for trial under Islamic law.
The body of Lt. Col. Carmine Calo, who was a deputy military adviser with the U.N. Special Mission to Afghanistan, was brought to Islamabad on Saturday to be sent to Rome, U.N. officials said.