Oct 25, 2021 14:42 UTC
  • Military coup feared as Sudanese forces detain PM Hamdok

Military forces in Sudan have detained Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok after besieging his house early on Monday, triggering fears of a potential coup d'état.

According to Press TV, in a statement, Sudan's Ministry of Information confirmed that Hamdok has been detained. It said the prime minister has been moved to an unknown location "after refusing to support coup".

Earlier, media reports, citing unknown sources, said unidentified military forces stormed Hamdok’s house in the capital Khartoum and arrested him. The arrests reportedly took place before dawn on Monday.

Several members of the country’s civilian leadership were also taken into custody, according to reports.

Among those arrested include Industry Minister Ibrahim al-Sheikh, Information Minister Hamza Baloul, and media adviser to the PM, Faisal Mohammed Saleh, according to Al-Hadath TV.

Spokesman for the country’s ruling Sovereign Council, Mohammed al-Fiky Suliman, and the Governor of Khartoum, Ayman Khalid, were also arrested, reports said.

While official statement from the military on the dramatic developments is awaited, telecommunication lines have been snapped and roads leading into Khartoum city have been blocked.

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), the African country’s prominent political group, has termed the developments an apparent military coup and urged public to take to the streets.

Reports of demonstrations in some neighborhoods of Khartoum are already coming in. Importantly, separate rallies were held in recent days in support of both the military and the government.

Last week, Sudanese protesters rallied near the presidential palace in Khartoum demanding the dissolution of the transitional government.