The Sudanese authorities closed Khartoum International Airport on Tuesday following intense gunfire in surrounding areas, according to the UAE-based news channel Sky News.
Heavy gunfire was heard in the capital, Khartoum, at two bases of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), which closed the roads leading to them, according to witnesses, Sky News reported.
An army spokesperson explained that the Sudanese Armed Forces rejected the behaviour of the forces of the NISS today, protesting against their low pay.
The NISS issued a statement today stating that "within the framework of the structure of the agency that led to a recent merger and demobilisation, according to the options presented to employees of the Operations Authority, a group of them objected to its financial reward and after-service benefits”.
The statement added “The assessment and treatment are underway according to the requirements of the country's national security.”
The Sudanese Professionals Caucus, which led the protests that overthrew President Omar al-Bashir last April, stated that a state of panic had affected "residents of the Kfoury, Riyadh, and airport neighbourhoods and a number of other neighbourhoods in Khartoum," as a result of the sounds of the firing of live ammunition from the buildings of the NISS.
“We reject any attempt to create chaos, intimidate citizens and use weapons, whatever the justification, as we ask citizens to take precaution and caution, enter homes, close doors and windows tightly… until conditions stabilise," the Caucus said in a statement.
The authors called on "the state agencies to intervene immediately to stop these irresponsible operations that have caused the export of anxiety to citizens inside the neighbourhoods.”