KHARTOUM, Sudan – Two leading rights groups say Sudanese police killed at least 50 people this week, often "shooting to kill" when they moved to quell angry protests over the government's cut of fuel subsidies.
Amnesty International and the African Center for Justice and Peace Studies urged authorities to end violent repression of the protesters.
The groups' statement late Thursday says most of the 50 killed in two days of rioting were between 19 and 26 years old.
Youth activists and doctors at a Khartoum hospital have told The Associated Press at least 100 people died since protests first broke out on Monday.
Amnesty's deputy chief for Africa, Lucy Freeman says the police's "aiming at protesters' chests and heads" is a "blatant violation of the right to life."