Ten killed as Sudanese army opens fire on anti-government protesters

This article is over 4 months old At least two protesters have also been injured when security forces fired on demonstrators in the capital Ten anti-government protesters have been shot dead in Sudan’s capital,…

Ten killed as Sudanese army opens fire on anti-government protesters

This article is over 4 months old

At least two protesters have also been injured when security forces fired on demonstrators in the capital

Ten anti-government protesters have been shot dead in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, medics say, the latest violence since pro-democracy demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir erupted on 26 December.

At least two protesters and three security officers were injured in clashes in the Al Aala neighbourhood, local resident Sherif Al-Islami told the Guardian.

“Ten people were killed and two of the security agents were injured in the street fighting,” said Al-Islami, a medic at two Khartoum hospitals.

Security forces deployed in the streets after the anti-government demonstrations in Khartoum and other cities continued into February.

Opposition political parties led by an exiled populist leader demanded on Friday the national unity government installed by Bashir be dissolved and elections held.

The “no deal with Bashir” rally in Khartoum demanded that elections be held.

It was organised by Hasan Al-Turabi, a renegade former prime minister who is opposed to Bashir’s plans to retain his position as party chairman.

Bashir first seized power in a coup in 1989. His movement for the late president Nimeiri failed to force his removal and Nimeiri was assassinated two years later.

Bashir, 70, is Africa’s longest-serving leader but appears more vulnerable than he has been for some time.

The latest protests were the first since he was re-elected as president in 2015, with an overwhelming victory that came after a military and police crackdown and bloody battles with anti-government protesters.

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