AFRICANGLOBE – Sudan’s ruling military council has said it foiled a coup attempt with at least 16 officers arrested, according to state-run TV. The announcement came a week after the generals and civilian protesters agreed to a power-sharing deal.
“This is an attempt to block the agreement which has been reached by the Transitional Military Council and the Alliance for Freedom and Change,” General Jamal Omar of the ruling military council said in a statement broadcast live on state television, referring to the leading protest coalition.
Omar blamed soldiers from the army and intelligence officers, some of whom are retired, for carrying out the coup.
“The regular forces were able to foil the attempt,” he said, without specifying when the alleged attempt was made.
Omar said of the 12 officers arrested, five of them were retired, and that security forces were looking for the mastermind.