Sudan Apparent Military Coup: Prime Minister and Other Civilian leaders arrested by unidentified soldiers

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Sudan Apparent Coup: Sudan’s transitional government members and other civilian leaders have been arrested amid reports of a military coup.

Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok is among those reported to have been put under house arrest by unidentified soldiers.

Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok is among those reported to have been put under house arrest by unidentified soldiers.

 The army has not commented, but pro-democracy groups urged street protests.

 Military and civilian leaders have been at odds since longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir was overthrown two years ago and the transitional government was set up.

 It remains unclear who was behind the predawn arrests.

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”.

Hamdok reportedly refused to support a coup but urged people to continue peaceful protests to “defend the revolution”.

The ministry said soldiers broke into the state broadcaster’s headquarters in Omdurman and detained staff there.

 He also claimed that Hamdok was pressured to support the coup but refused to do so and urged people to continue peaceful protests to “defend the revolution”.

Economic activities partially paralyzed

Witnesses said the internet was not working in the capital of the North African nation, Khartoum, while images showing angry mobs burning tires in the streets have emerged on social media.

 Soldiers and paramilitaries were deployed across the city, restricting the movement of civilians, according to a witness from the Reuters news agency. Khartoum Airport

  is now closed and international flights suspended.

 The leading pro-democracy group in Sudan calls on its supporters to resist any military coup.

The United States was “deeply alarmed” by the coup reports

The United States was “deeply alarmed” by the coup reports, its special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, said. The UN, EU, and Arab League also expressed deep concern.

Read on from BBC

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