The first film showing Khartoum during the attempted coup against the Sudanese President, General Ja'afer al-Nimeiry, on July 2 and 3, shows the extent of the damage caused by bitter fighting in the capital.
SV People running in street
CU Army truck with soldiers o board along street
MV & CU Civilians running along street (2 shots)
MV Troops with automatic weapons patrol street
MV Troops on board lorry driving down street
MCU Army officer with troops
MV Armed soldiers patrol street, with police officers in background
MV Police searching vehicles
SV PAN EXTERIOR Army headquarters showing damage to buildings and troops standing next to gun
CU Used ammunition cases
CU Ammunition boxes
MV Troops survey damage to headquarters
SV Bullet scarred and scorched wall
CU Dead civilian
CU Cheering civilians ZOOM INTO CU Civilians holding Molotov cocktails (petrol bombs)
MV Celebrating civilians and soldiers standing round captured mobile anti-tank gun
SV Troops and civilians standing beside jeep
MV Firemen outside radio station
MV Soldiers and civilians talking
MV Army officer talking to civilian outside radio station entrance
MV Fire engine drives off, showing damage to radio station
President Nimeiry came to power in 1969 and has now survived four serious attempts to oust him from office. The president has told the Arab League that he has clear evidence that libya financed and mounted the latest coup attempt. Libya has denied any involvement in the coup attempt. The President said that an invasion force started the coup and comprised mercenaries form Ethiopia, Mali, Chad, Zanzibar and Libya. Rebel Sudanese defence units had also joined the coup.
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Background: The first film showing Khartoum during the attempted coup against the Sudanese President, General Ja'afer al-Nimeiry, on July 2 and 3, shows the extent of the damage caused by bitter fighting in the capital.
SYNOPSIS: Early the first day, civilians ran for cover as troops loyal to President Nimeiry moved into crush the coup. At the time, Khartoum Radio said, the president was at Khartoum airport, where he had just arrived back form visits to France and the United States and as gunfire echoed though the city, slipped quietly away from an airport building in an unmarked car. Meanwhile, fierce fighting continued in the city as loyal troops in lorries pursued the rebels through city streets. Security was strict, with police searching vehicles and carrying out spot checks on civilians. However, few people risked driving on the streets of the city. Most roads to Khartoum were blocked as the rebels attacked three main targets in the city - the army headquarters, the television and radio station ant he presidential palace.
Fighting for the army headquarters was particularly fierce and damage extensive. President Nimeiry claimed the rebels were aided by a large invasion force equipped with modern weapons. And later the President accused Libya of complicity in the coup and broke off diplomatic relations with his neighbour. Estimates on the number killed in the uprising vary from 300 to over 1,000.
Civilians joined in the fighting against the rebels. They armed themselves with petrol bombs and helped capture a mobile anti-tankgun from coup supporters. The government said others raised the alarm as rebel units launched the dawn attack.
The radio and television station was one of the first targets for the rebels. However, although that station went off the air for a time, it was held by loyalist troops. And it was from the station that President Nimeiry broadcast that the coup had been crushed.