Sudan army says bank security to blame for killing schoolchildren at protest

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Sudan’s ruling military council has blamed a bank’s security force for killing six people, including four schoolchildren, during a protest in El-Obeid earlier this week.

Lieutenant General Jamal Aldin Omar Ibrahim, head of the Transitional Military Council’s security committee told officials in El-Obeid that a security force guarding the Sudanese French Bank fired the live rounds that killed the six people. He confirmed the bank guards were a government security force, according to reports from the official SUNA news agency.

Bank security force responsible for protest deaths

Students marched during a protest against fuel and bread shortages on Thursday and the demonstration was marred by the death of six protesters, four of whom were schoolchildren. The tragedy came a day before opposition groups were due to sit down for talks over a transitional peace deal with the military council.

An opposition-linked group of doctors first reported that live ammunition was fired at protesters by military forces.

This isn’t the first time security forces have opened fire on peaceful protests since demonstrations calling for former president Omar al-Bashir to step down began in December last year.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.