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Sudan military: ‘Arrests after foiled coup attempt’

July 12 - 2019 KHARTOUM
TMC spokesman Lt Gen Jamal Omar (SUNA)
TMC spokesman Lt Gen Jamal Omar (SUNA)

Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) claims that it foiled an attempted coup d'état in Khartoum on Thursday. Several alleged conspirators have been arrested, and more arrests are imminent.

In a statement on behalf of the TMC via the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) on Thursday evening, Lt Gen Jamal Omar announced that the security services have foiled a coup attempt by a group of officers and non-commissioned officers in the Armed Forces and the Security Service.

He said the conspirators “attempted to implement a military coup and to block the agreement between the TMC and the Alliance for Freedom and Change (AFC), which is imminent and leading to a political transformation that meets the aspirations of the Sudanese people”.

Gen Omar said that 12 serving officers and five retired officers have been arrested, as well as four non-commissioned officers. He did not release the names of those arrested, however he added that “others will be arrested, including the leader of the foiled coup attempt”.

He highlighted that the coup attempt was planned in this critical timing to impede the agreement between the TMC and the AFC.


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