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Young man killed by Sudanese government forces near Khartoum sit-in

May 31 - 2019 KHARTOUM
The sit-in in Khartoum this month (File photo)
The sit-in in Khartoum this month (File photo)

A young man was killed and several others were wounded when government forces shot at protesters on Nile Street near the sit-in in front of the General Command of the army in downtown Khartoum on Thursday morning.

Various sources told Radio Dabanga that “regular forces suddenly began firing at protesters below the iron bridge, next to the communication tower, on Nile Street, near the sit-in.” They said that a young protester was killed, after a police officer fired three shots at him. Another man was wounded in the head, a third one was hit by a bullet in the spinal cord.


The problems started after elements of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia beat protesters with whips, witnesses, including several journalists, told Radio Dabanga. Other protesters intervened to defend them, after which the militiamen began shooting at the people.

Angry protesters blocked Nile Street with barricades to protest against the incident. The street was re-opened later.

Tea seller killed

A pregnant tea seller died, and others were wounded by stray bullets in fighting that erupted between government troops in Nile Street in Khartoum on Wednesday afternoon. The Transitional Military Council (TMC) say the incident was sparked by ‘a drunken soldier’.

In a press statement on Wednesday via the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA), the TMC acknowledged the death of the woman named as Majda John in the shooting incident on Nile Street, which it termed “the result of a fight between members of the armed forces and citizens, when a member of the Defence Services Brigade, who was in a state of drunkenness, opened fire.”

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