Sudan: Five injured during “rebellion” in the security services
Five people were injured Tuesday in Khartoum where heavy fire rang out at two Sudanese security service bases, workers who launched a “rebellion” to reject financial compensation as part of a restructuring plan.
According to witnesses, the shots took place on a base in the Riyadh district, in the north of the capital, and on the base of Khartoum North, in the suburbs of the city, which host the former National Intelligence Service and Security Service ( NISS ), formidable security services under the regime of deposed President Omar el-Béchir.
The NISS , renamed a few months ago General Intelligence Service, played a leading role in the repression of the protest movement that started in December 2018 and led, in April, to the dismissal by the army of Omar el -Bulk under the pressure of the street, after 30 years of power without sharing.
An AFP correspondent first reported heavy and incessant gunfire at the Riyadh base, not far from Khartoum airport, which has been closed, according to the civil aviation spokesman.
The intensity of the fire then decreased, according to the AFP correspondent , who also saw several vehicles carrying soldiers and members of the Rapid Support Forces (paramilitary, RSF ) heading to these bases.
“Soldiers from operational centers of the security services have started a rebellion in parts of the capital,” government spokesman Faisal Mohamed Saleh said, according to state television.
“This happened because the soldiers rejected the money they received for their retirement,” he added, claiming that some had gone out into the street where they set up barricades and shot in the air.
Doctors close to the protest movement said five people were injured, including a 15-year-old boy and a soldier. The severity of their injuries has not been specified.
All the streets leading to the two bases were blocked, causing traffic jams, and tanks were deployed around the Riyadh base.
A security source told AFP that gunfire first broke out on a base in Al-Obeid, a town southwest of Khartoum, and then in the capital.
“While we are in the process of restructuring the NISS , some members have rejected proposed financial compensation for their retirement,” the NISS said in a statement, without mentioning the shooting.
The Forces for Freedom and Change ( FLC ), the main protest organization, called for calm.
“We are calling on our people not to give a chance to those who want to lead our country to carnage,” they said in a statement.
“We urge residents to avoid coming” to the base neighborhoods, said the government spokesman, noting that negotiations are underway to ease the situation.
RSF chief Mohamed Hamdan Daglo accused former intelligence chief Salah Ghosh, a figure in the Bashir regime, of being behind the revolt.
“What happened today was planned by Salah Ghosh and other officers,” said Daglo, also a member of the Sovereign Council, a civilian and military body tasked with transition. post-Bashir.
Mr. Ghosh had resigned two days after Mr. Béchir was removed from office and his whereabouts are unknown.
Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok said the situation was “under control”. “The Sudanese armed forces (…) have the capacity to manage the situation,” he wrote on Twitter.
Since the conclusion in August of an agreement between the military and the protest leaders, Sudan has been led by a transitional government. The new authorities have notably promised to reform the security services.
At least 177 people have been killed in the crackdown on the protest movement, according to Amnesty International. A committee of doctors close to the demonstrators assesses the results of more than 250 victims.