Shots are heard in the capital of Sudan: witnesses

JARTUM (Reuters) – The shots fired on Tuesday in two buildings used by Sudan’s general intelligence service in the capital, Khartoum, two Reuters witnesses said.

Shortly after the shooting began, the service announced that it had fired some employees who were not happy with the compensation package they were offered.

A service statement did not mention the shots, but a security source told Reuters that negotiations were under way to try to solve the problem.

Security forces blocked the road that leads to one of the buildings, the witness added. The district is near the airport of the capital.

Masked agency members dressed in military uniforms established checkpoints in one of the main residential streets of Khartoum near the building and were seen shooting into the air, one of the witnesses said.

The Association of Professionals of the Sudan (SPA), the country’s main protest group, called on state agencies to intervene immediately to stop “these irresponsible operations that are causing terror among citizens.”

The unverified video images published in the social networks are intended to show the area where the clashes occurred and presented shooting sounds.

Sudan is undergoing a three-year political transition overseen by civilians and military after the overthrow of ruler Omar al-Bashir in April.

Reports by Khalid Abdelaziz and Eltayeb Siddig, written by Amina Ismail; edition by Ulf Laessing, John Stonestreet, William Maclean

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