South Sudan

Sudan: Coup fears as blast hits Khartoum



Sudanese Army spokesman Colonel Al-Sawarmy Khaled Saad speaks during a press conference in Khartoum .


Fears of a military coup have been raised in Sudan after huge explosions rocked the capital, Khartoum on Tuesday.

The explosion as military sources told a South Sudan radio, Tamazuj, occurred in the Sudanese air defence base in the capital at night.

The explosions were heard when anti-aircraft weapons opened fire on an Israeli warplane at around 11:00 pm north of Omdurman town.

The military spokesman, Col. Al Sawarmi Khalid Saad, said it was only their anti-aircraft defenses engaging an unidentified warplane or a missile in Kereri area north of Omdurman.

He said a moving object was suspected north of Omdurman town and shot down.

The air defense leadership confirmed there was no internal or external aggression.

As for the Khartoum explosion, it is being linked to a baking military coup d’état by senior army officials opposed to President Omar Hassan Al Bashir.

Sudanese authorities are still divided on what actually happened.

The Sudanese Information Minister, Ahmed Bilal Osman, vehemently denied any bombings in the Khartoum area.

He told the radio that “there were military trainings north of Omdurman near the barracks of air defense forces”.

“The anti-air units were not aware owing to lack of coordination between the different military units in the area.”

Bilal said that as a result the anti-air units opened fire in response contradicting the army spokesperson and reports claiming an attack by Israel war plane.

Bashir who just won the 2015 Sudan elections with 94% has been in power since 1989 when, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, he led a group of officers in a military coup that ousted the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi after it began negotiations with rebels in the south.

Since then, he has been elected three times as President in elections that have been under scrutiny for corruption.

In March 2009, al-Bashir became the first sitting president to be indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), for allegedly directing a campaign of mass killing, rape, and pillage against civilians in Darfur.

In October 2005, al-Bashir’s government negotiated an end to the Second Sudanese Civil War, leading to a referendum in the South, resulting in the separation of the south into the separate country of South Sudan.


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