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Tension mounts in Khartoum

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At least three people were killed on Monday as Sudanese troops moved to break up a sit-in outside the army headquarters in Khartoum, according to a group instrumental to the protest.

Gunfire and explosions were heard across the Sudanese capital after troops prevented access to roads that led to the sit-in of a camp of protesters who have demanded a new era of civilian rule in the country after the fall of the country’s longtime leader.

Activists said it was an attempt to disperse the protest outside the Defence Ministry, while the military claimed they were just clearing criminal elements.

In Omdurman, Khartoum’s twin city, thousands of people have blocked roads with stones and burning tyres, Reuters reported, citing a witness. The were no security forces in area, which sits on the other side of the Nile River from Khartoum, the witness said.
The sit-in has lasted weeks as civilians and military officials argue over the makeup of a transitional government.

The military overthrew ruler Al Bashir in April after mass protests against his 30-year rule, putting the Transitional Military Council in place.


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