Five killed in deadly wedding blast in Sudan's Khartoum

Five killed in deadly wedding blast in Sudan's Khartoum, after guest detonated hand grenade
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21 January, 2020
Five have been killed following a bombing at a wedding in Sudan's capital city of Khartoum.
Sudan has become increasingly unstable [Getty]

A member of Sudan's security forces killed himself and four other people after he detonated a grenade at a wedding in the capital city of Khartoum, police announced late Monday.

It was not immediately clear whether the detonation in the impoverished East Khartoum district of Haj Youssef was accidental or deliberate.

The health ministry said 40 people attended the marriage were also injured.

Last week, heavy gunfire erupted in Khartoum on Monday, at two bases of the country's feared National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), which was widely seen as "mutiny" by the elements of the old regime.

No details were released on casualties or who began the shooting but it was believed that intelligence officers clashed with the RSF and the army. 

The NISS is the powerful security arm of the now ousted Islamist regime of long-time autocrat Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan for 30 years.

The security situation in the capital remains fragile after last year's uprising, which led to the ousting of Al-Bashir in April following months of protests against his rule.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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