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Event title

Sudan - Heavy gunfire, blasts heard in Sudan’s capital Khartoum

Event category

Social incident - Local security conflict

Severity

High

Event date (UTC)

2023-04-15 20:39:03

Last update (UTC)

2024-05-27 06:26:29

Latitude

15.58651

Longitude

32.52318

Area range

City / district wide event

Address/Affected area(s)

Khartoum, Khartoum State

Heavy gunfire and explosions were heard in Sudan’s capital Khartoum following days of tension between the army and a powerful paramilitary group. Shooting and blasts took place on Saturday in the vicinity of Sudan’s army headquarters and the defence ministry in central Khartoum, as well as the presidential palace and airport. Columns of smoke emanated from various places in the city and soldiers were deployed on the streets. Civilians were seen running for cover as artillery exchanges rocked the city. Witnesses reported “co“The Rapid Support Forces were surprised Saturday with a large force from the army entering camps in Soba in Khartoum and laying siege to paramilitaries there,” the RSF said in a statement. The army “launched a sweeping attack with all kinds of heavy and light weapons”, it said. However, a spokesman for Sudan’s army said paramilitary troops attacked military bases. “Fighters from the Rapid Support Forces attacked several army camps in Khartoum and elsewhere around Sudan,” said Brigadier-General Nabil Abdallah. “Clashes are ongoing and the army is carrying out its duty to safeguard the country.”nfrontations”, loud explosions, and gunfire near a base held by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in south Khartoum.

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