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Sudan’s prime minister Abdalla Hamdok ARRESTED in military coup as violent street protests erupt


VIOLENT street protests have erupted in Sudan after the country’s military staged a coup and arrested the Prime Minister.

Soldiers arrested most of the members of the cabinet and a large number of pro-government party leaders with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok placed under house arrest.

Protesters on the streets of Khartoum after the coup

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Protesters on the streets of Khartoum after the coupCredit: Reuters
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has been placed under house arrest

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Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has been placed under house arrestCredit: AFP

Troops arrested four cabinet ministers, one civilian member of the ruling Sovereign Council, and several state governors and party leaders.

Forces from the military and from the powerful, paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, who are led by a ruthless former warlord, are stationed in the streets in Khartoum.

“Civilian members of the transitional sovereign council and a number of ministers from the transitional government have been detained by joint military forces,” the information ministry said.

“They have been led to an unidentified location.”

In response, the country’s main pro-democracy group and the largest political party urged people to take to the streets.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, an umbrella group of trade unions which were key ending the rule of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, denounced what it called a “military coup” and urged demonstrators “to fiercely resist” it.

Thousands of people flooded the streets of capital city Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman.

Footage shared online appeared to show protesters blocking streets and setting fire to tires as security forces used tear gas to disperse them.

Internet services were cut across the country and the main roads and bridges connecting Khartoum were closed, the information ministry said.

Khartoum airport was shut and international flights were suspended, according to Dubai-based al-Arabiya TV channel.

Sudan has been on edge since a failed coup plot last month unleashed bitter recriminations between military and civilian groups.

They had sharing power following the ousting al-Bashir, who was toppled and jailed after months of street protests.

A political transition agreed after his ouster has seen Sudan emerge from its isolation under three decades of rule by Bashir and was meant to lead to elections by the end of 2023.

US Special Envoy Jeffrey Feltman said the United States was deeply alarmed at reports of a military takeover of the transitional government in Sudan.

Opposition groups called for Sudanese to resist the coup

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Opposition groups called for Sudanese to resist the coupCredit: AFP
Thousands took to the streets in response

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Thousands took to the streets in responseCredit: AFP
A protester with the country's flag beside a burning barricade

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A protester with the country’s flag beside a burning barricadeCredit: Reuters

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