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5 intelligence agents killed in shooting with militants in Sudan

Sudanese authorities claim five intelligence operatives killed in raid on hiding place of suspected ISIS militants in capital Khartoum

CAIRO – Five intelligence operatives were killed on Tuesday in a shootout with suspected ISIS militants in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, authorities said.

The General Intelligence Agency said in a statement that suspected militants opened fire on forces who raided their hiding place in the Gabra neighborhood in southern Khartoum. He said five people were killed and an officer was also injured in the raid.

The GIA said forces arrested 11 suspected militants and were chasing four others who managed to escape during the shooting. The statement said the suspects were foreigners but did not disclose their nationality or further details.

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok mourned the deaths of the five officers.

Tuesday’s violence came a week after authorities said they foiled an attempted coup that has since increased tensions between generals and civilians in the transitional government.

The developments highlight the fragile nature of Sudan’s path to democracy, more than two years after the army toppled longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir amid a public uprising against his three-decade-long regime.

Militant attacks were rare in Sudan, a country that hosted Osama bin Laden in the early years of his jihadist movement that led to the creation of Al-Qaida. The East African nation was on the US list of countries supporting terrorism until December.

In March last year, Hamdok said he survived a “terrorist attack” after an explosion and gunfire targeting his motorcade in Khartoum.


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