Sudanese police open fire on protesters

Catherine Elton, CNN • Updated 27th December 2018

( CNN ) — At least 10 people died Thursday after being shot by the security forces in the Sudanese capital, state media said.

Witnesses reported to CNN that at least three other people were injured in the incident, which took place in a low-income neighborhood in the north of the city. One witness said she saw “people lying in pools of blood” in the street following the shooting.

The Sudanese health ministry confirmed the deaths to state-run SUNA news agency.

In an unrelated incident, three other people were reportedly shot dead by security forces and three were wounded, according to the official SUNA news agency.

The government later denied the report, with the Justice Ministry declaring that there was no report of deaths or injuries from the incident.

CNN could not independently verify the claims.

Thursday’s incident follows an attempted military coup attempt earlier this month, when hundreds of soldiers barricaded themselves inside the Sudanese Armed Forces’ headquarters in Khartoum and issued an ultimatum to President Omar al-Bashir.

On December 22, security forces moved in to disperse protesters gathered in several parts of the capital, but at least 26 people were reportedly killed in Khartoum and two other cities, according to an AP report quoting a local official.

Activists released a list of the names of those killed, and many of them are listed on the Sudanese Revolutionary Front’s official Twitter account.

In the aftermath of Thursday’s shooting, protesters gathered on the streets of Khartoum and Khartoum-North, witnesses said.

President Bashir, 76, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide committed in Darfur. He was first indicted by the Hague-based court in 2009.

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