5 killed in Sudan violence

Sudan: Protesters close a main street in Khartoum

The protest movement has been demanding that they be led by civilians and have civilian majorities with military representation.

At least six people were killed when militiamen attacked a long-running sit-in outside Sudanese army headquarters, throwing into doubt a fresh deal between the opposition and ruling military on how to divide power in the aftermath of President Omar al-Bashir's ouster.

The killings took place after nightfall on Monday, when protests in Sudan usually swell during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is marked by dawn-to-dusk fasting.

An army official accused infiltrators in the protests of provoking the military and RSF, and said one officer was killed and 12 other soldiers injured in gunfire coming from the demonstrators' side. It was not immediately clear what punishment he might face. They don't want to be caught unawares when the forces come for them.

Gunfire rocked the protest site overnight in Khartoum, with the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors reporting the death toll and use of live ammunition.

Sudan's protesters say they will not cede ground to the military rulers and have vowed to continue their demonstrations outside the army headquarters until all their demands are met.

"The protesters are represented by the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change, a coalition of opposition groups led by the Sudanese Professionals Association, which has spearheaded the protests since December".

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The U.S. Embassy in Sudan, however, blamed the generals for the violence, saying it was "clearly the result of the Transitional Military Council trying to impose its will on the protesters by attempting to remove roadblocks".

Protesters, on the other hand, said military elements linked to al-Bashir's former regime were to blame.

"At today's meeting, we agreed on the structure of the authorities and their powers", Taha Osman, a spokesman for the protest movement, said.

"We agreed on forming the transitional authority on all three levels - the sovereign, the executive and the legislative", council spokesman Lieutenant General Shamseddine Kabbashi told reporters. How many members of the military will sit on that body? - those are the crucial questions that have been holding up talks for the past couple of days.

Prior to Monday's talks, dozens of protesters blocked Nile Street, a major avenue in the city, for the second consecutive day, an AFP correspondent reported.

On Monday afternoon, the military used tear gas and force to disperse protesters from the Mek Nimr bridge, and attempted to dismantle barricades on Nile Street.

Initially, talks between the ruling generals and the protest organisers had shown little sign of progress.

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