Sudan's ruling military council has foiled a coup attempt and 12 officers and four soldiers have been arrested, a top general announced on state television on July 11th. Civilian protesters agreed last week to end a political impasse after the army in April ousted long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir on the back of a popular uprising, according to AFP.
"Officers and soldiers from the army and National Intelligence and Security Service, some of them retired, were trying to carry out a coup," General Jamal Omar of the ruling military council said in a statement broadcast live on state television. "The regular forces were able to foil the attempt," he said but did not say when the attempt was made.
Of the 12 officers arrested, five of them were retired and security forces were looking for the mastermind of the attempted coup, Omar said. "This is an attempt to block the agreement which has been reached by the Transitional Military Council and the Alliance for Freedom and Change that aims to open the road for Sudanese people to achieve their demands," he added.
The announcement late on July 11th came as legal advisors of the ruling military council and protest leaders were going through the details of the agreement at a luxury hotel in Khartoum.