Sudan military condemns killing of school children


The head of Sudan’s ruling military council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has called for an immediate probe into the incident which led to the killing of at least four schoolchildren in the Sudanese city of El-Obeid on Monday.

The four children were killed in gunfire as teenagers rallied against fuel and bread shortages in the capital of North Kordofan state.

“What happened in El-Obeid is a regrettable and upsetting matter and the killing of peaceful citizens is unacceptable and rejected and a crime that requires immediate and deterrent accountability,” Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said.

A building belonging to the Bank of Khartoum was reportedly set on fire during the unrest in El-Obeid, 400 km (250 miles) southwest of the capital Khartoum.

The Forces of Freedom and Change coalition of opposition groups accused military and paramilitary forces of opening fire on the high school pupils and called for nationwide protests in response.


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