In the Sudanese capital Khartoum, eleven people were killed on Tuesday, which includes six members of “state forces”, according to a statement made by the government’s spokesman on Wednesday, as demonstrators encouraged for an end to President Omar al-Bashir’s 30-year rule.
Uniformed personnel from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) twice tried to scatter thousands of anti-government demonstrators lodged outside the Defense Ministry, a minister stated, by quoting a report by the Khartoum state police chief.
However, government soldiers protecting the compound came out two times to save the demonstrators, firing shots in the air and stationing troops around the area.
The demonstrations are the most supported challenge Bashir has faced in his thirty years of power.
The Defence Ministry is inside a compound that also houses Bashir’s residence and the NISS headquarters.
The government spokesman and Information Minister Hassan Ismail stated that the Khartoum state police chief had furnished a report mentioning that 11 people had died in incidents which took place on Tuesday, including six members of the regular forces. He gave no further information on how the people died.
Ismail copied the police chief’s statement that the authorities had thwarted a “criminal plot” to burn down some police stations in some parts of the capital.
NISS cautioned in a statement that it had discovered “negative progress” toward destruction, theft and coercing innocent people and stated it was ready to act.
The service request honorable citizens to be careful of endeavors to drag the nation toward a complete security collapse. It even stated that it was able to “curb in the disorderly elements through good advice or by force within the limits of the law”.