Unidentified gunmen arrested several Sudanese leaders early Monday morning at their homes, according to a government source.
Sudanese military and paramilitary forces have deployed in the capital, Khartoum, restricting the movement of civilians, and the international airport has been closed with flights suspended, according to Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV station.
According to a statement posted on Facebook by the Ministry of Information.
“Military forces” are behind these arrests.
"The civilian members of the Sovereignty Council" which oversees the transition "and most of the ministers (...) were taken to an unknown destination", adds the text.
There, confusion reigns.
Demonstrators gathered in the streets to protest the arrests, setting fire to tires, in various neighborhoods.
The Association of Sudanese Professionals (SPA) called on its supporters to mobilize in the streets and through the strike "against the putschists".
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According to Saudi television Al-Hadath, also operating from Dubai, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok has been placed under house arrest and several members of the country's civilian leadership are detained.
The Minister of Industry Ibrahim al-Sheikh, the Minister of Information Hamza Baloul, the media advisor to the Prime Minister, Faisal Mohammed Saleh, the spokesperson for the Sovereign Council in power in Sudan, Mohammed al-Fiky Suliman, and the governor of the capital Khartoum, Ayman Khalid.
A "rampant coup" was feared
The events come just two days after a Sudanese faction calling for a transfer of power to civilian rule warned of a "rampant coup," at a press conference that crowds of people did not identified had sought to prevent.
Sudan has been going through a precarious transition marred by political divisions and power struggles since the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019. Since August 2019, the country has been ruled by an administration made up of civilians and soldiers responsible for overseeing the transition to a fully civilian regime.
The main civilian bloc - the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) - which led the anti-Bashir protests in 2019, has split into two opposing factions.
Tensions between the two sides have existed for a long time, but divisions have escalated after the failed coup on September 21.
Last week, tens of thousands of Sudanese - including sitting ministers - marched through cities across the country in support of the full transfer of power to civilians, thus countering a rival multi-day sit-in outside the presidential palace in Khartoum, which demanded a return to "military rule".
On Saturday, Abdallah Hamdok denied rumors that said he had accepted a cabinet reshuffle.