Three bodies found after Sudan protests turn deadly

Thousands of people in Sudan continue to take to the streets and demand civilian rule. (File/AFP)
Updated 01 July 2019

Three bodies found after Sudan protests turn deadly

  • Sunday’s demonstrations were the first mass protests since the military crackdown a month ago
  • Military seized the power after toppling Bashir in April

OMDOURMAN: Three blood-stained bodies were found on Monday in Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman, an AFP correspondent reported, a day after mass protests against the ruling generals rocked Sudan.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Sunday demanding civilian rule, in the first mass rally since a deadly crackdown on a protest camp nearly a month ago.
Crowds of protesters had flooded Khartoum and Omdurman, just across the Nile river from the capital, along with several other cities and towns across the country.
A health ministry official said that seven people were killed during Sunday’s rally without elaborating how they died, while the protest movement said five demonstrators had been killed.
It also said that several more were seriously wounded by gunshots fired by “the military council militias.”
And on Monday three bodies were found on the ground in Omdurman in an area where protests were held, the AFP correspondent reported.
Their identities were not immediately clear.
Crowds of people had gathered around the bodies, chanting “Just Fall, Just Fall,” a catchcry of the protest movement that has rocked Sudan since demonstrations first erupted against since-ousted ruler Omar Al-Bashir in December.
Sunday’s mass protest was the first such rally since the June 3 crackdown on a protest camp outside the military headquarters in Khartoum left dozens dead and hundreds wounded.
The raid on the protest sit-in came days after the collapse of talks between protest leaders and generals about installing civilian rule.
The generals seized power after the army toppled Bashir in April following nationwide protests against his ironfisted three-decade rule.

Trump gives dramatic account of Soleimani’s last minutes before death: CNN

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Trump gives dramatic account of Soleimani’s last minutes before death: CNN

  • The president spoke at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, at a Republican event
  • CNN said it obtained an audio recording of Trump’s remarks

PALM BEACH, Florida: US President Donald Trump gave a minute-to-minute account of the US drone strikes that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in remarks to a Republican fund-raising dinner on Friday night, according to audio obtained by CNN.

With his typical dramatic flourish, Trump recounted the scene as he monitored the strikes from the White House Situation Room when Soleimani was killed.

The president spoke in a ballroom at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, at a Republican event that raised $10 million for Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign and for the Republican National Committee.

Reporters were not allowed in for the event. CNN said it obtained an audio recording of Trump’s remarks. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Jan. 3 killing of Soleimani at Baghdad airport prompted Iran to retaliate with missile strikes against US forces in Iraq days later and almost triggered a broad war between the two countries.

“They’re together sir,” Trump said military officials told him. “Sir, they have two minutes and 11 seconds. No emotion. ‘Two minutes and 11 seconds to live, sir. They’re in the car, they’re in an armored vehicle. Sir, they have approximately one minute to live, sir. Thirty seconds. Ten, 9, 8 ...’ “

“Then all of a sudden, boom,” he said. “’They’re gone, sir. Cutting off.’“

“I said, where is this guy?” Trump continued. “That was the last I heard from him.”

It was the most detailed account that Trump has given of the drone strike, which has drawn criticism from some US lawmakers because neither the president nor his advisers have provided public information to back up their statements that Soleimani presented an “imminent” threat to Americans in the region.

CNN said that in the audio, Trump did not repeat that Soleimani was an imminent threat. Trump said Soleimani was “saying bad things about our country” before the strike, which led to his decision to authorize his killing.