5 protesters, including 4 students killed in Sudan during rally

The reason for the rally is not clear but it came a day before Tuesday’s planned talks between protest leaders and the army
5 protesters killed in Sudanese town of Al-Obeid

Five protesters including four students were shot dead and several wounded at a rally in a town in central Sudan on Monday, a doctors committee linked to the protest movement said.

“Five martyrs succumbed to direct wounds from sniper bullets during a peaceful rally in Al-Obeid,” the committee said in a statement.

The reason for the rally was not immediately clear but it came as protest leaders and the ruling generals prepare to resume talks in Khartoum on Tuesday.

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The two sides are to meet to resolve remaining issues concerning the transfer of power from the ruling military council to a new civilian administration.

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The generals and protest leaders agreed on July 17 to form a new joint civilian-military governing body that would install an overall civilian rule in the country.

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That is the main demand of a nationwide protest movement that led to the April ouster of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir and has since demanded that the military council which took his place cede power to civilians.


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