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Sudan coup: Three killed during nationwide protest

Sudan’s security forces have fired live rounds and tear gas at pro-democracy protesters, killing at least three people.

Thousands marched in the capital Khartoum and other cities on Saturday, demanding the reinstatement of ousted Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.

The interior ministry denied that live rounds had been fired. Activists say around 100 people were injured.

Coup leader Gen Abdel Fattah Burhan dissolved civilian rule this week.

The general, who also called a state of emergency, said his actions were justified to avoid “civil war” and stop political infighting. The military takeover has drawn widespread international condemnation.

Demonstrators in Khartoum were seen marching with Sudanese flags and chanting, “No to military rule!” peacefully.

Sudan’s Central Doctors Committee, an independent body, said three protesters had died after being shot by live bullets in Omdurman.

But the interior ministry denied the use of live rounds and accused some protesters of attacking the police.

More than 10 protesters have died in clashes with security forces this week.

The Sudanese authorities have cut off the internet and other communications, as well as imposed restrictions on movement.

Until Monday’s coup, civilian and military leaders had been in an uneasy power-sharing agreement since long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in 2019.

The deal was designed to steer Sudan towards democracy, but it proved to be fragile with a number of previous coup attempts, the last just over a month ago.

Gen Burhan, who was head of the power-sharing council, said Sudan was still committed to the transition to civilian rule, with elections planned for July 2023.

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Editing by Omotola Oguneye