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Unrest in Sudan as military carry out mass arrest of civilian leaders, politicians overnight in suspected coup

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Unrest in Sudan as military carry out mass arrest of civilian leaders, politicians overnight in suspected coup

The military in Sudan overnight carried out a mass arrest of civilian leaders and politicians, in what is suspected to be an internal coup.

Reports said armed men barged into the homes of ‘political and government leaders’ on Monday following weeks of tension between the army and civilian authorities.

The fate of the civilian prime minister Abdalla Hamdok is not clear, as armed men were also seen outside his home in Khartoum.

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Unrest in Sudan as military carry out mass arrest of civilian leaders, politicians overnight in suspected coup

Photos circulating online showed men in uniform standing in the dark, near his home.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, a group of trade unions that was central to the 2019 revolution that overthrew the country’s military leaders, described the arrests as a ‘coup’.

It urged people to launch a campaign of ‘civil disobedience’.

The AP reported that at least five senior Sudanese government figures have been detained.

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The Sudanese Professionals’ Association said there were internet and phone signal outages across the country.

Monday’s arrests come after weeks of rising tensions between Sudan’s civilian and military leaders.

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