A Nigerian diplomat has been found dead inside his home in Khartoum, capital of Sudan, in a tragedy that is now being reported as an assassination.

Although the name of the diplomat was not revealed, NAN quoted two security sources as confirming the death, adding that an investigation was ongoing.

Reuters subsequently quoted Al-Arabiya TV as identifiying the diplomat as the Consul-General and describing his death as an “assassination”.

However, the ministry of foreign affairs said Habibu Almu, an immigration attache, is the victim.

“The ministry has received the sad news of the untimely death of the immigration attache in our mission in Khartoum, Sudan,” Elias-Fatile, spokesperson of the ministry, said in a statement. “We are awaiting further and detailed report from the mission after which a statement would be issued.”

Though intermittent violence is common in Sudan’s warring southern and western regions, violence in the capital is rare.

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has in recent months shaken up the security establishment, replacing the heads of the army and intelligence service in February.

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