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Sudan arrests 21 officers following coup attempt

Sudanese soldiers look on as demonstrators gather in a street in central Khartoum on April 11, 2019, after one of Africa's longest-serving presidents was toppled by the army. [AFP/ Getty]
Sudanese soldiers in central Khartoum on 11 April, 2019 [AFP/ Getty]

Sudan's army said in a statement that 21 officers and a number of soldiers were arrested in connection to a coup attempt this morning, and a search is ongoing to capture the remainder of those involved, Reuters reports.

The army has regained control of all locations taken during the attempt, said a statement from the army commander's media advisor Brigadier-General Altahir Abu Haja.

Earlier this morning, state television said that a coup attempt was taking place in the country, calling on the citizens to confront it. This came in urgent news broadcast by the state TV, without giving further details about the group behind the plot.

Sporadic shooting was heard inside the armoured corps in the southern part of Khartoum, according to eyewitnesses.

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