At least seven killed and 140 injured in Sudan as troops open fire following coup

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At least seven people have been killed and 140 injured after Sudan’s military seized power, a health ministry official has said.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan dissolved the military-civilian Sovereign Council on Monday and announced a state of emergency.

He has promised to hold elections in July 2023 and then hand over power to an elected civilian government.

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters take to the streets to condemn a takeover by military officials in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday Oct. 25, 2021.
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Thousands gathered on the streets of Khartoum in protest, with some burning tyres. Pic: AP

“What the country is going through now is a real threat and danger to the dreams of the youth and the hopes of the nation,” he said of the Sovereign Council, which had been established following the overthrow of autocrat Omar al-Bashir in a popular uprising two years ago.

Sudan’s foreign minister, Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, told Sky News’ Africa correspondent John Sparks she felt betrayed by what General Burhan had done.

“Absolutely, absolutely, this is total betrayal, we have met with him last Tuesday and he committed himself that there would be no coup and he committed himself to fully referring to the constitution document.”

Asked if he had broken his word, she said: “Absolutely he did break his word that he given to us last Tuesday and he has unilaterally revoked his commitment to the papers that describe the whole provisional period.”

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Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital, Khartoum, and its twin city of Omdurman in protest at the coup.

They set up barricades on the streets and set fire to tyres as security forces opened fire, killing at least seven.

In this frame taken from video, the head of the military, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, announced in a televised address, that he was dissolving the country's ruling Sovereign Council, as well as the government led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. 
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General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan announced on TV that he was dissolving the government. Pic: AP

The main opposition coalition, Forces of Freedom and Change, called for peaceful action in the streets to overthrow the military takeover.

The information ministry, which is still loyal to the dissolved government, called Mr Burhan’s speech an “announcement of a seizure of power by military coup”.

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters take to the streets to condemn a takeover by military officials in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday Oct. 25, 2021.
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Thousands took to the streets in the capital, Khartoum

The governments of the UK, US and Norway condemned the coup, saying they were deeply concerned about the situation.

They called on security forces to release those who were detained, according to a joint statement released by the US State Department.

A childs gestures in front of a burning road barricade during what the information ministry calls a military coup in Khartoum, Sudan, October 25, 2021. REUTERS/El Tayeb Siddig
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The main opposition coalition has called for peaceful action in the streets to overthrow the military takeover

It comes weeks after heightened tensions between Sudan’s civilian and military leaders following a failed coup attempt in September.

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