Friday, August 21, 1998 Published at 03:06 GMT 04:06 UK
Sudan broadcasts air strike aftermath
Casualties: Sudannese television films survivors
Speaking on national radio after US cruise missiles were fired at what President Bill Clinton described as a chemical weapons plant, Mr Bashir attacked the American administration.
While Sudanese television broadcast pictures of the devastation caused by the air strike, ordered by President Clinton, military officials said they believed that five US aircraft had led the attack.
"The armed forces' radar stations reported that these planes crossed the Berber region at 1855 (1655 GMT) at low altitudes parallel to the Nile in the direction of Khartoum.
He said that the attack totally destroyed the plant. But he added: "The armed forces have taken the necessary measures to confront any similar hostile acts.
"They are ready to confront any development of the situation."
US 'claims absurd'
Abdul Shiddo, the deputy head of the Sudanese Assembly, said that all the country could do was appeal to the international community.
"I could not believe what I heard, it does not fit any international standard (of behaviour).
"We were actually doubting whether the United States would actually do such a thing against Sudan without justification."
Mr Shiddo insisted that the destroyed plant was a privately owned factory, which produced nothing other than medicines.
He described the US's insistence that it had the capacity to produce chemical weapons as "absolutely absurd".
Fires light night sky
Pictures from Sudanese television showed that buildings hit in the air strikes were either a blazing inferno lighting up the night sky or a twisted mass of rubble.
Hours after the air strike, protesters began to gather outside the empty US embassy in the capital Khartoum.
Protesters who managed to enter the embassy compound pulled down the American flag while hundreds more gathered outside the perimeter fencing.
There was no footage to show whether or not security forces intervened.