Tuesday 14 January 2020
There is no sound above the sound of bullets and feelings of panic in the neighborhoods of Kafouri, Riyadh and the airport district of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, over the past hours due to gunfire and the death of at least one person, after a rebellion by former members of the intelligence service.
The Central Committee of Doctors of Sudan announced the injury of 5 people during the shootings in the Kfoury area, where two intelligence services are located, witnessing the armed rebellion of the former members of the device.
The Sudanese newspaper al-Mashhad reported that a member of the army was shot dead during clashes with the rebels, at a time when the armed forces and the Rapid Support Forces intensified their presence in the area.
As a precaution, the Sudanese authorities had closed the air for five hours, ending at 8 pm, to prevent anyone from fleeing who may have been involved in the events.
Army armored vehicles and tanks have deployed to the Kafoury and Riyadh regions to quell the revolt led by former associates, in protest at the terms of termination of their services.
The government response came quickly from government spokesman Faisal Muhammad Salih, who broadcast a televised statement saying that the insurgents leading the insurgency are “former workers who refused the material compensation approved by the official authorities in exchange for demobilization.”
He added, “The responsible authorities continue their efforts to persuade the rebel units to surrender themselves and their weapons to the regular forces.”
The security forces closed the roads leading to the buildings that witness the rebellion, and warned the citizens not to approach him until they deal and end matters.
Sudan is leading a transitional sovereign council led by the army and civilians after the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir, who is in prison on charges of corruption.
For his part, the deputy head of the Sovereign Council, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, said that what happened was a plan carried out by former intelligence chief Salah Gosh, adding, “What happened is a plan carried out by Salah Gosh and a number of officers.”
He continued his speech during a press conference in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, that many of the senior officers of the security apparatus are loyal to Salah Gosh, and the latter seeks to cause confusion and clashes in the country.
But the RSF commander also, came back and explained that what happened “is not a coup attempt”, warning that what happened will not go unnoticed.
He also confirmed that all heavy weapons were confiscated by the Operations Authority of the General Intelligence Service in the capital, Khartoum.
As for Prime Minister Abdullah Hamduk, he confirmed in a tweet via his Twitter account that the events are “under control”, noting that the current situation proves the need to confirm the partnership with the military and push it to achieve higher goals.
He added: “We renew our confidence in the armed and regular forces and their ability to control the situation.”
He stressed that today’s events will not stop “the march or cause a retreat from the goals of the revolution”, assuring citizens that the events are almost ended now.
Sudanese professionals, the group that mainly stood behind the protests that toppled Bashir, called for an end to “irresponsible” operations on the ground in Khartoum.
He called for moving the buildings of the security services away from the residential areas in order to preserve the lives of citizens, and reaffirmed the need to restructure the security services and get rid of the leaderships that hold loyalties to the previous regime.