The Sudan government says that “forces of darkness” linked to the ousted President Omar al-Bashir were behind Tuesday’s failed coup attempt.

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“Remnants from the previous regime” were “intent on aborting the civilian democratic transition”, said Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in a separate message.

The current administration involving the military, civilian representatives and protest groups was then established as part of a power-sharing agreement.

Sudanese military said 21 officers and a number of soldiers had been detained in connection with the failed putsch, and are continuing to search for the rest of the culprits.

Prime Minister Hamdok said his government would “take immediate measures to fortify the transition and continue to dismantle the system of the former regime, which still poses a threat to the transition”.

Several coup attempts have taken place in Sudan in the years since President Bashir was toppled.
Mr Hamdok said several days of unrest in Port Sudan in the east of the country were also part of a plot to destabilise the country.

There has been tension within the Sovereign Council which is supposed to be overseeing a return to civilian rule.

“We’re not going back… there are people trying to turn back the hands of time,” said Information Minister Hamza Baloul in a statement read earlier on state TV.

He added that “forces of darkness were targeting the revolution” started by mass popular protests against then-President Bashir, but said government bodies would be the “first line of defence” protecting Sudan’s transition.

Correspondents say some elements within the military are likely to be strongly opposed to a transition that will see them lose considerable power.

The Sudanese government says the situation in the country is now “under control”.

Sudan’s state news agency has published photos of the leader of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan, visiting the armoured division headquarters after the aborted coup:

Mohanad Hashim, a journalist for government-run Sudan TV in Khartoum, reports that the Bashir loyalists blamed for the coup say they are disgruntled with Sudan’s tough economic situation.

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