By Al Jazeera
A coup attempt was foiled in Sudan and the situation is under control, the country’s military said on Tuesday in a statement read on state TV.
Interrogation of suspects involved in the attempted coup was due to begin and the military would issue a statement shortly, spokesman Mohamed al-Faki Suleiman said.
Sudan has been on a fragile path to democratic rule since the military’s ouster of the country’s longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, following four months of mass protests.
The country is now ruled by a joint civilian and military government that faces towering economic and security challenges.
The leaders of the failed coup attempt in Sudan have been arrested, a government spokesman said on state TV.
“Remnants” of the regime of ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir participated in the attempt, he said.
Over 40 officers arrested
“Over 40 officers have been arrested,” reported Al Jazeera’s Zeinab Salih from Omdurman, the Sudanese capital’s twin city.
“It is important to note that this follows agitation after the closure of highways connecting Khartoum to Port Sudan by supporters of former Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir,” she added.
A government source confirmed to Al Jazeera that information about the coup attempt was made available to the government on Monday evening, which helped thwart it quickly.
“We still don’t know why there was a coup attempt but military sources whom we spoke to said they had the information that there would be an attempt from last night which made it easier to foil,” reported Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan from Khartoum.
“There is still no word from the government as to why there was a coup attempt. There has been a war of words between the parties who are the ruling coalition, so lots of tensions, lots of politics which could potentially be the reason as to why there was an attempted coup,” she added.