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Six Shot Dead as Sudan Sees Breakthrough in Civil Rule Talks


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Tue, 14 May 2019 01:44 GMT

Five Sudanese protesters and an army major were shot dead late Monday May 13th, in the capital, hours after protest leaders and the ruling generals reached a breakthrough agreement on transitional authorities to run the country, AFP has reported.

The latest developments came as the prosecutor general's office said ousted president Omar al-Bashir had been charged over the killings of protesters during anti-regime demonstrations that led to the end of his rule last month. 

The major and a protester were killed at a sit-in outside the army headquarters in Khartoum where thousands of protesters remain camped for weeks, demanding that the army generals who took power after ousting Bashir step down. 

Three soldiers and several protesters and civilians were also wounded when "unidentified elements" fired shots at the Khartoum sit-in, the ruling military council said. 

A doctors' committee linked to protest movement later said four more protesters had been shot dead but did not specify if they were actually killed at the sit-in. 

The umbrella protest movement the Alliance for Freedom and Change said Monday's violence was to "disturb the breakthrough in the negotiations" with army generals as it blamed the bloodshed on the former regime's militias. 

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