SputnikInt: Sudanese Armed Forces Say, They Thwarted Military Coup Attempt
Posted by: Berhane Habtemariam
Date: Tuesday, 21 September 2021
September 21, 2021
* Sudanese soldeirs stand guard around armoured military vehicles as demonstrators continue their protest against the regime near the army headquarters in the Sudanese capital Khartoum (File) -
Tanks have appeared on the streets of Sudanese capital Khartoum in the wake of the coup attempt, according to media reports.
The Sudanese armed forces confirmed on Tuesday that they had thwarted a military coup attempt in the country.
"The armed forces of Sudan declare preventing an attempted seizure of power," army spokesman Taher Abu Hagar said, as quoted by the state media.
Al-Mayadeen broadcaster reported earlier in the day, citing an unnamed spokesman for the transitional council, that the national army thwarted a coup attempt.
A high-ranking Sudanese military source confirmed to Sputnik that there'd been a coup attempt.
"There was an attempt to stage a military coup ... Military intelligence tracked the military who attempted the coup today. They were under surveillance for a long time and were detained as soon as they took their first real steps aimed at staging a coup,"
the source said.
According to al-Mayadeen, the army detained officers who orchestrated the failed coup. Local reports suggested, citing a government source, that over 40 Sudanese officers were detained and that arrests still continue.
"There has been a failed coup attempt, the people should confront it," al-Mayadeen reported citing authorities.
The failed coup in Sudan was possibly plotted by members of the regime of ex-President Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted in 2019, Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday, citing a source in the Sudanese government.
According to the source, the military is engaged in negotiations with the rebel officers in the armored force headquarters in a bid to persuade them to surrender.
More than 40 officers who participated in the attempted coup in Sudan were detained, detentions continue, Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday, citing a source in the Sudanese government.
In April 2019, a military coup took place in Sudan, triggered by massive popular protests that began in December 2018 amid a deep economic crisis and declining living standards. President Omar al-Bashir, who had ruled for 30 years, was removed from power and later imprisoned.
At the end of August 2019, the head of the transitional military council of Sudan, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, took the oath of office as head of the country's Sovereign Council. The new Prime Minister of Sudan, Abdullah Hamdok, was sworn in on 21 August 2019. The military and civilian authorities agreed on a transitional period for large-scale political and economic reforms.