40 officers arrested in Sudan after failed coup attempt

40 officers arrested in Sudan after failed coup attempt
Sudanese Military Spokesperson Mohamed al-Faki Suleiman (photo credit: Anadolu Agency)

At least 40 army officers have been arrested in the Sudanese capital Khartoum after a failed coup attempt against the government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

This comes after the military spokesperson Mohamed al-Faki Suleiman said security organs had launched investigations into the matter.

“Over 40 officers have been arrested,” Al Jazeera’s Zeinab Salih was quoted to have said from Sudanese capital’s twin city Omdurman.

The Qatar-based news network’s reporter says supporters of former despot and ousted President Omar Bashir had shielded highways linking Khartoum to Port Sudan.

“It is important to note that this follows agitation after the closure of highways connecting Khartoum to Port Sudan by supporters of former Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir,” Salih stated.

Some media reports also revealed that the information on the coup was made available to the government earlier, which assisted state security agents in thwarting the plot.

Sudan has struggled to transition to a democratic path since the ouster of Bashir. A joint transitional military and civilian rule has failed to deliver to the expectations of the Sudanese people.

In March 2020, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok survived an assassination attempt after an explosion near his convoy.

But Dr. Hamdok vowed that any attempt to bring his leadership down would not materialize.

“What happened will not stop the path of change, it will be nothing but an additional push in the strong waves of the revolution,” he said after the bomb blast aimed at his convoy.