Sudanese army thwarts coup attempt

Sudanese army thwarts coup attempt

The Sudanese army said it has thwarted a coup attempt and arrested those involved, Sudan News Agency said on Tuesday.

“The situation is now under control,” an official statement said, pointing out that “the coup attempt was planned and carried out by a group of armed forces officers and civilian officials loyal to the former regime,” according to the agency.

“They are being investigated, and the last pockets of the coup have been now dismantled at the Shajara military camp,” it continued. “The relevant authorities continue to pursue the remnants of the defunct regime involved in the failed attempt.”

Military officerd stormed the radio building early in Tuesday, in order to read the coup announcement. The broadcast attempt was however immediately aborted, Al-Jazeera reported.

Sources also told regional and international media that coup details were exposed on Monday night, which helped the government be ready for action.

Former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in April 2019 following mass protests against deteriorating living-conditions.

A transitional government was then formed from the army, parties and other factions. Its term is set to end in 2024, when the country is expected to hold new presidential elections.