Jan 14, 2022 06:56 UTC
  • One police officer killed during clashes between Sudan forces, anti-coup protesters

A police officer has been killed during clashes that erupted between Sudanese security forces and people taking part in a protest against the October military coup in the capital Khartoum.

Wearing protective goggles and masks, protesters marched towards the presidential palace in central Khartoum on Thursday.

The protest was met with a crackdown, with security forces firing heavy tear gas and stun grenades at the demonstrators as they approached the palace.

An unspecified number of people were wounded during the crackdown. Sudanese authorities also said that a police general was killed during the clashes.

Brigadier General Ali Bareema Hamad, "fell martyr while doing his duties" in Khartoum, police said in a statement on Facebook.

Hamad "received deadly stabs by groups of protesters ... in different parts of his body," police spokesman Idris Abdalla Idris told Sudan TV, adding that other police personnel "suffered severe wounds."  

Reuters cited witnesses as saying that security forces fired gunshots at demonstrators retreating from the protest route in a nearby neighborhood later in the afternoon.

Hamad was the first officer to die in protests demanding a civilian rule that erupted late in October.

At least 63 people have been killed during the security crackdown on the anti-coup protests that erupted over two months ago, medics said, noting that many of them were shot dead by security forces.