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Sunday 20 April 2014

Sudan 'foils military coup attempt'

An attempted coup against the government of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been foiled, the authorities say (AP)

An attempt to stage a military coup in Sudan has been foiled, authorities have said.

Several military officers and civilians involved in the scheme have been arrested.

The state-run Omdurman radio says the "subversive plot" aimed to destabilise Sudan. The radio says it was uncovered and aborted early today.

There were no further details. The term "subversive plot" is frequently used by Sudan to refer to a military coup.

Last summer, Sudan crushed pro-democracy protests inspired by Arab Spring uprisings. Hundreds of protesters were arrested and detained for demanding the ouster of the 23-year-old regime of President Omar al-Bashir.

Mr Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur. His government is rapidly losing popularity at home for imposing painful economic austerity measures.

Press Association

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