A coup attempt has reportedly been thwarted in Sudan, according to state media reports, which refrained from identifying those behind it.
“There has been a failed coup attempt,” state media said on Tuesday, September 21.
A major government source informed AFP that the coup plotters made frantic efforts to seize control of the state media building but that it was not successful.
Another source in Sudan said that machineries have been put in place to contain and thwart any coup attempt in the country, Reuters said.
The source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that the coup plotters had a plan of taking control of Sudan’s state radio based in Omdurman, across the Nile River from the capital Khartoum.
Mohamed al-Faki Suleiman, spokesman for Sudan’s Sovereign Council, asserted that the the Sudanese army will in due course release a public statement in respect of the development.
A top military official accused soldiers from armored corps of being responsible for the attempted coup, saying that they aimed to seize control of several state-owned institutions but were repelled by state forces.
A military source who spoken to Associated Press [AP] on the strict condition of anonymity as he was not under any authorisation to speak on the matter said that several soldiers, including top-ranking officers had been arrested in the wake of the coup attempt.
Sudan’s democracy has remained fragile since the country’s long-standing dictator Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power in April of 2019, after four months of non-stop mass protest against his regime. The country has since been under joint civilian and military government who are consistently faced by chronic economic and security challenges.
In the past few months, the government undertook a number of tough economic policies in a bid to be considered for debt relief from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
But these steps have been greeted with protests in the country, especially as they include slashing subsidies and management of the Sudanese pounds in the face of the rising cost of living in the North African country.