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Official denies Machar tried to escape Khartoum for Upper Nile

April 27th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – A member of the main armed opposition group, SPLM-IO, led by South Sudan’s former First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar Teny has denied claims that Machar had sought to escape detention in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

The claim about Machar’s attempted escape alleged that he planned to return to South Sudan’s Upper Nile region.

However an unnamed senior member of the main armed opposition told Sudan Tribune that the claims were not true and that Machar did not tried to escape the detention in Sudan.

“Actually what happened is that under the current political situation in Khartoum, the Sudanese authorities withdrew the guards who are from the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) and deployed others from the Sudanese army,” the unnamed source close to Machar told the Sudan Tribune.

The source however said that following the departure of Sudan’s longtime leader Omar al-Bashir in mid April, the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) changed guards deployed from the National Security by the previous regime and installed members of the army.

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