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U.S. embassy in Khartoum to re-open after six month closure

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The United States embassy resumes full service to the public on Monday, six months after the compound was damaged in a deadly demonstration sparked by a U.S.-made film that mocked Islam.

“The consular section of the U.S. embassy Khartoum, Sudan will resume full consular services,” said a statement from Washington’s mission in the Sudanese capital.

From Monday, the embassy will again offer visitors’ visas and is to re-open its Information Resource Centre, a library.

An embassy official said the mission had essentially offered only emergency services since September 14 when thousands of protesters attacked the American, British and German embassies in Khartoum.

A medic said at the time that one demonstrator was killed when a police vehicle charged a group of stone-throwing protesters outside the US mission. A second protester was later found dead outside the embassy but it was not immediately clear how he died.

Guards on the embassy roof fired warning shots as demonstrators breached a security perimeter.

Protests spread around the Muslim world over the low-budget anti-Islam film, “Innocence of Muslims”.

The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans died when heavily-armed militants attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.