Three protesters have been killed and about 80 people wounded when soldiers opened fire on agitators who are protesting the recent coup in the African country.
The fatality toll was confirmed by the independent Central Committee of Sudan Doctors on Tuesday.
Crowds protested into the night in Sudan Monday to denounce a military coup, with chaos engulfing the capital Khartoum after soldiers opened fire on demonstrators and reportedly killed three people.
Sudan’s top general declared a state of emergency and dissolved the government — one of several similar takeovers in Africa this year — sparking swift condemnation from the US, which suspended aid and urged that civilian government be restored.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, ministers in his government and civilian members of the ruling council have been detained by the country’s military for not supporting the coup.
The UN demanded the prime minister’s “immediate release” and there are reports that the Security Council was expected to meet to discuss the crisis on Tuesday.
General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan’s announcement came after the armed forces detained the civilian leaders who have been heading the transition to full civilian rule following the April 2019 overthrow of autocrat Omar al-Bashir.
“To rectify the revolution’s course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet,” said Burhan.
Clashes erupted in the capital Khartoum after his speech, with the country’s information ministry saying that soldiers had “fired live bullets on protesters rejecting the military coup outside the army headquarters”.