Armed soldiers in Sudan launched an offensive against members of the country’s caretaker government, raising fears of yet another military coup in a country long beset by political turmoil.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was taken into custody by soldiers on Monday morning after an unknown team of soldiers stormed his residence, local reports said. Sudanese forces also held five ministers, including four military members and one civilian, of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Al Hadath TV reported.
A media aide to Mr Hamdok was also reportedly arrested, Reuters said, in a plot that came barely a month after an attempted coup the country sparked worldwide condemnation.
The latest move by the military to remove Mr Hamdok, who assumed power in 2019, from power has also generated an uproar on Monday morning.
Sudanese Professionals Association said in a statement that citizens should take to the streets to reject any military coup.
Internet outages were also reported across the capital Khartoum on Monday and confirmed by web infrastructure monitors Netblocks.
“Internet disrupted in #Sudan amid reports of military coup and detention of Prime Minister; real-time network data show national connectivity at 34% of ordinary levels; incident ongoing,” the group said on its Twitter handle.
Monday’s apparent takeover of power came a day after protesters loyal to the military blocked entrances leading to the capital on Sunday. Military and civilians have been sharing power since Omar al-Bashir was ousted.
in 2019, and last month’s attempted coup was summarily blamed on soldiers loyal to Mr Bashir, who has been charged with war crimes.