7 killed, 140 injured as Sudan’s military fires on anti-coup protesters

Oct 26, 2021

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Khartoum: Thousands of people who joined the anti-coup protest were fired upon by the Sudanese military resulting in the death of at least seven people while injuring 140 people.

Thousands took to the streets in protest in the capital, Khartoum, and its twin city of Omdurman after Sudan’s military seized power from a transitional government.

A health official said at least seven were killed by gunfire, reported Al Jazeera. The Forces of Freedom and Change, Sudan’s main opposition coalition, called for civil disobedience and protests across the country and demanded that the transitional military council transfer power back to the civilian government.

The security forces arrested interim Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other senior officials early on Monday morning.

The leader of the takeover, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, dissolved the military-civilian Sovereign Council that had been set up to guide the country to democracy following the overthrow of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir in a popular uprising two years ago.

Al-Burhan, who is also the head of the power-sharing governing council, declared a state of emergency across the country, saying the armed forces needed to ensure safety. He promised to hold elections in July 2023 and hand over to an elected civilian government then, reported Al Jazeera.