KHARTOUM: The chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan said on Wednesday that Tuesday's security operation in the capital of Khartoum was a "rebellion" and that the situation had been detained.
Sudan said it had reopened its airspace on Wednesday after an armed revolt from within its security forces shut down the capital’s airport for hours and left at least two people dead.
"All headquarters are under the army's control and the airspace is now open," Al-Burhan said.
In a press conference Al-Burhan announced that life had “returned to normal,” following the stand-off between the armed forces and rogue intelligence officers which saw heavy gunfire in the capital. The officers had fired shots in the air to demand better severance benefits and to show resistance to government policies.
Al-Burhan added that the armed forces would “not allow any coup to occur,” adding that it was a “shame that weapons were raised in the faces of the people.”
He said a joint investigation committee had been formed to look into the events in Khartoum, and that those responsible for protests and providing weapons would be investigated in order to prevent “disturbing the security of Sudan.”
The army quickly crushed the short-lived mutiny with “minimal losses,” according to General Mohamed Othman Al-Hussein, its chief of staff said on Wednesday. The clashes killed two people and injured four others, including two officers, he added.
The military also took control of two small oilfields in Darfur that had been seized by the insurgents and production resumed on Wednesday, the petroleum minister said on state television.