Students killed as snipers open fire on Sudan protest

Five killed as snipers open fire on Sudan student protest
2 min read
29 July, 2019
The Sudanese Professionals' Association posted a video showing hundreds of students protesting in Obeid, with gunshots echoing in the background.
Activist groups said four of the dead were teenagers. [Getty]

Five protesters including four students were shot dead and several wounded at a rally in a town in central Sudan on Monday, a doctors committee linked to the protest movement said.

"Five martyrs succumbed to direct wounds from sniper bullets during a peaceful rally in Al-Obeid," the committee said in a statement.

The Sudanese Professionals' Association posted a video showing hundreds of students protesting in Obeid, with gunshots echoing in the background.

Other activist groups said four of the dead were teenagers.

The reason for the rally was not immediately clear but it came as protest leaders and the ruling generals prepare to resume talks in Khartoum on Tuesday.

The two sides are to meet to resolve remaining issues concerning the transfer of power from the ruling military council to a new civilian administration.

The generals and protest leaders agreed on July 17 to form a new joint civilian-military governing body that would install an overall civilian rule in the country.

That is the main demand of a nationwide protest movement that led to the April ouster of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir and has since demanded that the military council which took his place cede power to civilians. 

Agencies contributed to this report.

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