Sudan-Clashes Between Army and Members of Intelligence Agency

Clashes erupted between the military police and the operations forces of the Sudanese General Intelligence Agency today in the Kfoury area of Khartoum North.

The exchange of fire took place after protest stops from the commission in three of its locations, where protesters demanded after-service rights.

It all came after the decision to demobilize them from the intelligence service, and they refused the both offered option to join the Rapid Support Forces or the National Army.

The authorities had changed the name of the Operations Authority – which numbered 13,000 fighters – and asked them to join the Rapid Support Forces, but they rejected this option.

The member of the Sovereign Council, Staff Lt. Gen. Shams al-Din al-Kabbashi, described what was going on as a “military rebellion”, without ruling out the option of resorting to force to deal with it.

Sources within the Intelligence and Security Service said that there are ongoing negotiations with these forces on the after-service benefits and the money that they should earn from their long period of work.

Intelligence Agency stressed that the situation is currently being “evaluated and addressed” according to the country’s national security requirements, as stated in the text of a statement.

For his part, the Sudanese Professionals Association – on its official Twitter account – said that it rejects any attempt to create chaos, intimidate citizens and use weapons, whatever the justifications.

He called on the citizens to take care and be careful and enter their homes, appealing to the resistance committees and revolutionary forces not to interfere and monitor the conditions until they are stable.

The Operations Authority (the military arm of the security apparatus during the regime of ousted President Omar al-Bashir) includes about 13 thousand soldiers.

The Sudanese Military Council issued last July a decision to subordinate it to rapid support forces , then a decision was issued later to follow the army, and to demobilize part of them.

The Operations Autority played a key role in suppressing the demonstrations that started in December 2018, which led to overthrow of Omar al-Bashir by the Army, under street pressure after thirty years of rule.

 

 

 

 

 

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