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Sudanese army arrests officers over alleged coup plot – sources

Chairman of Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC), General Abdel Fatah al-Burhan (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)
Chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), General Abdel Fatah al-Burhan (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

April 5, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) — The Sudanese army arrested dozens of its officers on Sunday after reports that Islamists loyal to ex-president Omar al-Bashir were plotting to overthrow the ruling military, sources have said.

One “well-informed” source said from the capital Khartoum that the Islamists have been active, raising fears that they may be planning a military coup that would return them to power.

Their activity coincides with the one-year anniversary of the revolt that saw them ousted from power. The anniversary falls on Monday.

Another source revealed that “authorities have taken preemptive measures, including arrests and ending the temporary leaves granted to officers and soldiers over the coronavirus outbreak.”

“They have also tightened security measures at strategic locations and for prominent figures,” another source said.

Several sources from the government and Forces of Freedom and Change alliance said that several official parties had received reports that former members of the regime were plotting to stage a coup on Monday night.

The central committee of the FFC had held an emergency meeting on Saturday to address the issue.

It formed a panel that ordered the preemptive measures and arrest of prominent Islamists and activists.

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