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Nine feared killed as violence erupts at scene of sit-in protests over Sudan military council rule

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A burning barricade at the site of the sit-in in Khartoum. Photo: Reuters

A burning barricade at the site of the sit-in in Khartoum. Photo: Reuters

REUTERS

A burning barricade at the site of the sit-in in Khartoum. Photo: Reuters

A long-feared confrontation between security forces and protesters occupying part of Sudan's capital, Khartoum, appeared to have started yesterday as heavy gunfire was heard around the city and a doctors' group affiliated with the protest said at least nine people were killed.

A broad swathe of Sudanese society has staged a sit-in in Khartoum since April 6, days before the military toppled former president Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who had led the country for 30 years.

Tens of thousands of protesters have remained in place since his ousting to demand civilian control of the country.

The Transitional Military Council has insisted on retaining ultimate authority during an interim period.

Reports from witnesses and live television feeds showed scenes of bloodshed in Khartoum, where dozens appeared wounded and the site of the sit-in appeared to be on fire.

Irish Independent