Sudan’s civilian leaders including Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok arrested amid coup reports

Sudan’s civilian leaders including Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok arrested amid coup reports

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has been placed under house arrest as a result of the coup. In the wake of rumours of a military coup, members of Sudan’s transitional government and other civilian officials have been arrested.

Unidentified soldiers are believed to have placed Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok under house arrest.

Since the ousting of long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir and the establishment of the transitional government two years ago, military and civilian authorities have been at conflict.

A statement from the information ministry on Facebook said the detentions were carried out by “joint military forces” and those arrested were being held in “an unidentified location”.

The officials said the detained included the industry minister Ibrahim al-Sheikh, the information minister, Hamza Baloul, a member of the ruling Sovereign Council, Mohammed al-Fiky Suliman, and Faisal Mohammed Saleh, a media adviser to prime minister Abdalla Hamdok.

. Witnesses have said the internet is down in the the capital, Khartoum, while images have appeared on social media showing angry crowds burning tyres in the streets.

The army and paramilitary have been deployed across the city, restricting the movement of civilians, a witness is quoted as saying by Reuters news agency. Khartoum airport is now closed, and international flights are suspended.

Sudan’s main pro-democracy group has called on its supporters to resist any military coup.

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