Military coup looms in Sudan; gov’t officials captured

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Some Sudanese government figures were captured by the military forces on Monday, according to the information ministry of the country.

This, as the people are urged by the pro-democracy group to take their opposition to an evident military coup out to the streets.

According to the ministry, military forces have ordered the closure of bridges and the cutting off of the internet. Patriotic traditional music and the footage of the Nile river were meanwhile broadcasted through the country’s news channel.

Detaining a number of government personalities as defined by the country’s largest political party, the Umma Party, as an attempted coup. They urged people to hit the streets to voice their opposition, echoing what was earlier demanded by the Sudanese Professionals’ Association.

Sudan might be placed under the main holdup with the looming takeover as it is already struggling with a shift to democracy since Omar al-Bashir, an autocrat, was fallen by huge protests.

In this frame taken from video people gather during a protest in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Military forces arrested Sudan’s acting prime minister and senior government officials Monday, disrupted internet access and blocked bridges in the capital Khartoum, the country’s information ministry said, describing the actions as a coup. In response, thousands flooded the streets of Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman to protest the apparent military takeover. Footage shared online appeared to show protesters

Before the arrests on Monday, tight tensions were already rising between the country’s civilian and military heads. A similar coup attempt happened in September but failed. It, however, damaged the country along with old connections, opposing Islamists who push for a military government as compared to the fallen al-Bashir. The two opposing sides both took to the streets lately for protests.

The captured officials’ whereabouts remain unknown, the information ministry said through its statement on Facebook.

At least five persons from the government were detained by the military forces, a couple of officials said on Monday, adding that those included were Hamza Baloul of the Information Ministry; Ibrahim al-Sheikh of the Industry Ministry; Mohammed al-Fiky Suliman of Sudan’s ruling transitional body; as well as Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s media adviser, Faisal Mohammed Saleh, AP News reported.

There were reports that security forces manned Hamdok’s house in Khartoum, but there are no details on his whereabouts.