Sudan has reported a coup attempt earlier this month.
The Khartoum government said supporters of former parliamentary speaker
Hassan Turabi recruited military officers and accumulated weapons for a coup
against the regime of President Omar Bashir. The government said the coup
was led Al Haj Adam Yusef, the communications secretary of Turabi's
movement, the Popular Congress Party.
So far, Yusef has managed to avoid capture, Middle East Newsline reported. Virtually all of the others
in the alleged plot ø reported to have contained 70 people, including two
senior military officers ø have been arrested.
"The arrests are continuing and so are the search operations," Sudanese
Information Minister Al Zawahy Ibrahim Malik told a news conference in
Khartoum. "The plotters were planning to seize radio and television
stations, Council of Ministers offices and other important installations."
The foiling of the coup prompted a security crackdown around Khartoum.
Military and security forces have established checkpoints in and around the
capital and conducted searches of passersby and motorists.
The Interior Ministry said the coup was to have been launched in
Khartoum at 2 p.m. on Sept. 24 after mosque prayers. The statement said
authorities captured an arsenal outside Khartoum of 300 AK-47 rifles and
rocket-propelled grenades meant for the plotters.
Until 1999, Turabi had been a leading ally of the Bashir regime. The
74-year-old Turabi has spent most of the last five years under house arrest
and in March 2004 was thrown in jail on charges of supporting the rebellion
This is the second time this month that the Bashir regime ø blamed by
the United States for atrocities in Darfour ø had reported the foiling of a
coup by Turabi supporters. On Sept. 8, more than 30 Popular Congress members
were arrested in an alleged coup plot. Turabi's party has denied any such
The Interior Ministry statement said authorities have obtained
confessions from the alleged plotters. The statement said coup participants
sought to "seize vital installations around Khartoum and execute 38