Sudan's military shooting at anti-coup protestors

09:18, 26 October 2021
Sudan's military shooting at anti-coup protestors Photo: MOHAMMED ABU OBAID/AP/TASS

At least 12 people were wounded during the mass protest against the coup in Sudan as the military force detained the PM and officials on Monday, Reuters reported.

The Sudanese Ministry of Culture and Information said that the rebellion force used firearms to disperse the crowd in front of the Defence Ministry headquarters. The military has also blocked the roads, airport, mobile, and internet communication was disrupted in Khartoum. 

The Forces of Freedom and Change, Sudan’s main opposition coalition, called people to take the streets to stand up against the military takeover on Monday. 

Thousands of people were gathered in the capital Khartoum and Omdurman to oppose the new coup in Sudan as seven people were killed in the shooting and several were injured, the Health authorities said.

The Leader of the coup Abdel Fattah al-Burhan declared a state of emergency in the country and the dissolution of the Parliament and Sovereign council. Al-Burhan vowed to hold new elections in July 2023 and transfer the power to an elected civilian government then.

“What the country is going through now is a real threat and danger to the dreams of the youth and the hopes of the nation,” he claimed.

The Arabic media reported that the military detained at least five high-level officials including the interim Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok who refused to cooperate with soldiers and was taken to a concealed location.

The international community condemned the taking of power and called to halt the violence and start negotiations. 

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres promised to stand with Sudan’s citizens.

“Prime Minister Hamdok and all other officials must be released immediately. There must be full respect for the constitutional charter to protect the hard-won political transition.”

In 2020 the intelligence officers attempted to take power but they failed and were detained as well. In the same year, the incumbent Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok survived an assassination attempt as he headed to work in Khartoum.