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At least six people have been killed and 140 injured in anti-coup protests in Sudan

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  • 26 October, 2021 20:12:02

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International Desk: Sudan's army has fired on anti-coup protesters. At least 6 people were killed. More than 140 people were injured. The ordinary people of the country are protesting against the seizure of power by the military. Al Jazeera reports that the army announced the dissolution of the interim government in Sudan on Monday.

Several ministers, including Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdak, were also arrested. Interim Prime Minister Hamdak has been placed under house arrest in an undisclosed location. Soon after, Sudanese army officer Abdel Fattah al-Burhan declared a state of emergency. He said the army should play a role in maintaining the security and safety of the country, which is enshrined in the constitution. He also announced an election. Qatar's Doha-based media reported that Abdel Fattah al-Burhan fired Sudanese provincial governors and announced that national elections would be held in July 2023. After Abdallah Hamdak was placed under house arrest, his office called on the people to take to the streets to protest against the coup. Millions of people took to the streets to protest. They burned tires on the streets of the capital, Khartoum. As a result, traffic was stopped on many roads. A local health official said at least six protesters had been killed in military action. The BBC reports that members of the military are conducting house-to-house searches in the capital, Khartoum, to arrest protesters. Internet connection is down in the capital Khartoum.

Besides, the protesters did not leave the road and return home. Fear of further violence is not going away. Many countries around the world have condemned the coup in Sudan. The United States has also suspended 800 million in aid to Sudan. Sudan's army chief has blamed the country's political violence for the coup. Sudanese rebel leader Yasser Arman has been arrested in connection with the coup. He is the Vice Chairman of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). He was arrested from his home. Earlier, the BBC reported that Abdallah Hamdak was arrested on Monday morning. Several other ministers have been arrested at the same time. A resident of the city told Reuters on Monday that army and paramilitary forces had been deployed throughout the city. Ordinary people are being prevented from moving outside.

Khartoum airport has been closed. All international flights have been suspended. An interim government was formed two years ago after ousting longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir. Since then, conflicts have erupted between civilian and military leaders. Although they were sharing power. But last month, supporters of Omar al-Bashir failed to carry out a coup attempt. Since then, tensions have risen in the country.

The United Nations, the European Union (EU), the African Union, the United States and the United Kingdom have demanded the release of political leaders imprisoned in undisclosed locations. Among those detained were Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdak and his wife, cabinet members and other civilian leaders.

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