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1 soldier killed, dozens injured in Sudan’s protests: spokesman

NAIROBI, Kenya—One person has been killed and several people seriously injured during protests in Sudan, officials confirmed.

The Sudanese military’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) disclosed on Tuesday that one of its soldiers was killed and 29 others injured during popular protests in Sudan last Sunday.

“The RSF is an apparent target,” Jamal Jumma Adam, RSF’s spokesman, said at a press conference in the capital Khartoum.

There is a major campaign against the RSF in many ways, including committing some crimes and putting on RSF uniform, the RSF spokesman added.

“We have turned to legal procedures and opened 39 cases of impersonating RSF soldiers, forgery and blackmailing,” Adam noted.

The RSF forces are disciplined and law-abiding, he said, adding maintaining the peaceful nature of the demonstrations would prevent material and human losses.

On Monday, Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) announced arrest of those who fired gun shots at regular forces and citizens during Sunday’s protests in Khartoum.

The Undersecretary of Sudan’s Health Ministry Sulaiman Abdul Jabbar said in a press release that seven people were killed and 181 others injured in the protests across the country.

Tens of thousands of Sudanese citizens took to the streets in Khartoum and other cities on Sunday, in response to the call by the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance to pressurize the TMC to hand power to the civilians.

Meanwhile, the African Union envoy to Sudan Mohamed Hacen El Lebatt announced on Tuesday that an agreement is expected to be reached soon between the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance and the Transitional Military Council (TMC).

“The final agreement between the two parties is just around the corner,” said Lebatt at a joint press conference with the Ethiopian mediator Mahmud Dirir in the capital Khartoum.

“We call on the two parties to agree on a sovereignty council and a civilian government under chairmanship of a competent personality,” he added.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.

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